Shrine of Remembrance
Shrine of Remembrance
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Shrine is Victoria's national memorial honouring the service and sacrifice of Australians in war and peacekeeping. Explore Melbourne’s iconic landmark to find peaceful reflection, discover the real-life stories of Australians in wartime and view breathtaking vistas of the memorial gardens and Melbourne.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ian D
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pride in our nation should encourage all Australians to visit
    Very interesting and detailed accounts of the wars that Australians have fought in. Not surprisingly it focuses on Victorians so many interstate battalions were not covered. Great to see acknowledgment of the contributions of our Indigenous and LGBTIQ community in keeping our country safe. This is the second time we have visited and well worth it
    Thank you for your return visit and for taking the time to share your thoughts. We're pleased to hear that you found our accounts of the wars and the contributions of Australians to be interesting and detailed. We are also delighted that you appreciated the acknowledgment of the contributions of Indigenous and LGBTIQ communities to our country's safety and wellbeing. Your support and return visits mean a lot to us, and we're thrilled to hear that your experiences have been well worth it. If you ever decide to visit us again, we look forward to welcoming you with more enriching experiences.
    Written 24 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Linda B
    Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long time last visit … well worth the visit
    I am from Melbourne and took a UK friend for a visit to the National Gallery and then Shrine. I must say I was very impressed. I have not been to The Shrine for at least 30years. The building has been renovated and revamped … the exhibitions were very informative about Australia’s participation in world wars. The view from the balcony of Melbourne made me very proud to be a Melbournian. The skyline was fabulous. Well worth the effort … most of all free!
    Thank you for your glowing review of your recent visit to the Shrine in Melbourne. We're thrilled you found the exhibitions informative and enjoyed the renovated spaces. We're proud to offer free access to these cultural treasures. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
    Written 24 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Phil S
    Dorking, United Kingdom246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A moving tribute to the Australian contribution to world conflicts
    I found this much more interesting than I thought I would. It contains some excellent audio visual presentations on the timelines of conflicts as well as personal narratives. It presents a thought provoking insight into the Australian perspective on the conflicts that the citizens of the country has been involved in. I would return to learn more if we had time. I found it a really engaging experience.
    Thank you for such an insightful review. We genuinely appreciate you taking the time and are delighted to hear that the experience surpassed your expectations. Our curators and programmers have done such a fantastic job with the Galleries and we're so glad you enjoyed the various types of storytelling. We'd be thrilled to welcome you back when time allows!
    Written 18 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if visiting Melbourne for first time. Moving memorial and staff very friendly
    While visiting Melbourne for the first time, I stopped by the Shrine during a rainy day. The shrine is a lot bigger that I thought, as there is also a museum in the basement with interesting artifacts and info about the various engagements by the Australian military. The staff was very friendly and providing various info and tips about the shrine. The rooftop balcony has nice views of the city skyline as well
    Thank you for the kind review Cody. The Shrine is a great place to visit on a wet Melbourne day. So glad you enjoyed your time here, we'll forward on your positive feedback to the team.
    Written 7 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Ron M
    Menasha, Wisconsin542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Museum....A Must Do !
    This was by far the best war memorial we've visited in Australia and New Zealand. It is well laid out and filled with stories of men and women from Victoria and other parts of Australia and hundred of artifacts supporting or explaining these stories. There are a lot of audio-visual presentations in the various hallways and display areas. The displays are well lit and easy to ready. The staff is very helpful and friendly. There are ample number of clean bathrooms and a nice gift shop. The view from the balcony gives a nice overview of the very large property as well as the Melbourne skyline. We spent 3 hours there and enjoyed every bit of it.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such an outstanding review! We're thrilled to hear you found the Shrine to be the best memorial you've visited in Australia and New Zealand, and were particularly happy to hear you appreciated the time and effort put into the audio-visual presentations (which our passionate team have worked very hard on). Our staff takes great pride in being helpful and friendly, and we're delighted that you had a positive experience. We'll be passing your feedback on. Spending three hours exploring and enjoying every bit speaks volumes and is truly appreciated. Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
    Written 19 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Lee S
    Australia3,942 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meaningful Tribute to the Anzac.
    We have not been to the Shrine of Remembrance for many years so while in Melbourne we decided to take a look at the downstairs improvements. The Shrine is in the Royal Botanical Gardens it's a wonderful & respectful memorial to our Fallen Anzac. The three levels house the galleries, crypt, sanctuary & the balcony, gallery displays artifacts from all wars plus peace keepers & peace makes operation. The crypt shows WW 1 conflict plus the father & son statue but for me the Sanctuary is what the shrine is all about. The balcony overlooks Melbourne but there are many stairs to climb to see the view. The staff were friendly and very helpful explaining to us about the memorial. I believe this is a must do while In Melbourne. Highly recommend
    Thank you for sharing your experience! We're glad you had the opportunity to revisit the Shrine of Remembrance and explore the new highlights within the Shrine. It's heartening to hear that you found it to be a wonderful and respectful memorial. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written 11 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom536 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remembrance
    Visited with my wife on the way to the Botanic Gardens. Very imposing building remembering the people who gave their lives over two world wars. Although we didn't take a tour, just wandering around the outside and viewing the eternal flame was an amazing reminder of how terrible war is.
    Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad you and your wife had the opportunity to stop by. Even without a tour, simply being in its presence can evoke powerful reflections on the sacrifices made in war. We appreciate your visit and your thoughtful review.
    Written 11 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No guided tour needed, terrific memorial of all that has served from WW1 and beyond
    Stopped by another near mine who actually told me about this really nice memorial for all those who served in the military from World War 1 and beyond. On beautiful grounds & overlooking Melbourne especially when you climb to the top. Little confusing at 1st because the memorial & building whereby inside is below in a different area. Give yourself enough time through all the artifacts, crypt and the "balcony" at very top, I walked up which is a little extreme if you're out of shape but there is an elevator. Great history throughout and definitely well done, and free of charge to enter. Donations accepted Walk across the way to the Botanical Gardens also free to enter. Tram stops below the hill.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're delighted to hear that you were recommended to visit the Shrine of Remembrance and that you found it to be a beautiful memorial for those who served in the military. We apologise for any initial confusion you experienced, we are always trying to improve wayfinding around the Shrine. We're glad to know that you found your way and appreciate the artifacts, Crypt, and the stunning views from the top. Your mention of the elevator option is helpful for those who may find the climb challenging. We're pleased that you found the history presented throughout the memorial to be engaging and well done, and we truly appreciate your support through donations. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon!
    Written 1 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Nigel B
    Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Memorial to those who Served
    I visit the Shrine of Remembrance every time I visit from the UK. It is a wonderful memorial to all those who served alongside allied forces in World Wars 1 & 11 and the various other conflicts that have followed. The Shrine is set in beautiful gardens and is free to visit. Standing on the steps gives great views towards the city. The galleries beneath the shrine are a must visit and provide a great record from an Australian perspective of the important contribution made by so many brave Australians.
    Thank you so much for your heartfelt review and for your continued support of the Shrine, even from all the way across the globe in the UK. We deeply appreciate your recognition of the significance of the memorial. Your support and appreciation mean a great deal to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your future visits. Thank you again for your kind words!
    Written 1 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 March 2024
  • SueP
    Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous !
    Surprising! It’s been 30 years since I visited and the visitor’s centre is fantastic as I never was able to go inside the memorial before ! Make sure you go to the visitor’s centre lots of interesting artefacts and the draw card is the view from the balcony !
    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your experience. The visitor center and Galleries are great additions to the Shrine and we're so glad you enjoyed your time here. The artifacts are definitely fascinating (and at times harrowing) and the stunning view – the balcony is a real crowd-pleaser. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 7 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
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TrailBlazer04
Hobart, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely a must see if your visiting Melbourne. The building itself has been beautifully renovated and transformed. Very informative and an important part of our history explained through various media outlets. Stunning views of Melbourne City & surrounding gardens. Definitely my no. 1
Written 6 April 2024
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Thank you for making the Shrine your #1 Melbourne destination! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit and found the updated Visitor Centre and Galleries impressive. We are very proud of them. Our goal is to use various media to share Australia's important stories in an engaging way, and we're glad it resonated with you. The panoramic views are a definite bonus! Thanks for the kind review, we hope to see you again soon.
Written 7 April 2024
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SueP
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Surprising! It’s been 30 years since I visited and the visitor’s centre is fantastic as I never was able to go inside the memorial before ! Make sure you go to the visitor’s centre lots of interesting artefacts and the draw card is the view from the balcony !
Written 2 April 2024
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Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your experience. The visitor center and Galleries are great additions to the Shrine and we're so glad you enjoyed your time here. The artifacts are definitely fascinating (and at times harrowing) and the stunning view – the balcony is a real crowd-pleaser. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 7 April 2024
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Nigel B
Chipping Ongar, UK408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I visit the Shrine of Remembrance every time I visit from the UK. It is a wonderful memorial to all those who served alongside allied forces in World Wars 1 & 11 and the various other conflicts that have followed.
The Shrine is set in beautiful gardens and is free to visit. Standing on the steps gives great views towards the city.
The galleries beneath the shrine are a must visit and provide a great record from an Australian perspective of the important contribution made by so many brave Australians.
Written 30 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your heartfelt review and for your continued support of the Shrine, even from all the way across the globe in the UK. We deeply appreciate your recognition of the significance of the memorial. Your support and appreciation mean a great deal to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your future visits. Thank you again for your kind words!
Written 1 April 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Stopped by another near mine who actually told me about this really nice memorial for all those who served in the military from World War 1 and beyond. On beautiful grounds & overlooking Melbourne especially when you climb to the top. Little confusing at 1st because the memorial & building whereby inside is below in a different area.
Give yourself enough time through all the artifacts, crypt and the "balcony" at very top, I walked up which is a little extreme if you're out of shape but there is an elevator.
Great history throughout and definitely well done, and free of charge to enter.
Donations accepted
Walk across the way to the Botanical Gardens also free to enter.
Tram stops below the hill.
Written 27 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're delighted to hear that you were recommended to visit the Shrine of Remembrance and that you found it to be a beautiful memorial for those who served in the military. We apologise for any initial confusion you experienced, we are always trying to improve wayfinding around the Shrine. We're glad to know that you found your way and appreciate the artifacts, Crypt, and the stunning views from the top. Your mention of the elevator option is helpful for those who may find the climb challenging. We're pleased that you found the history presented throughout the memorial to be engaging and well done, and we truly appreciate your support through donations. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon!
Written 1 April 2024
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Glenda M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
i am not a huge history or museum fan but the Shrine of Remembrance was an amazing experience. It covers such a variety of eras and topics that are presented in many different ways. It was captivating. The views from the outer deck were stunning. To top it all off, it is free entry and located in the Botanical Gardens. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience. The stunning views from the outer deck are indeed a highlight, and we're so glad you enjoyed the displays despite not being a huge history buff! We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back for another visit in the future.
Written 1 April 2024
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timbo144
Newcastle, Australia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very complete gathering of objects and information on Australia's war time involvements. We spent a couple of hours there and could have stayed longer. Good views from the top story although the stairs to get there are somehow difficult to find.
It appears you can small group tours to take you around, and whilst we didnt take that option we found them quite loud and disruptive in the silence of the museum.
Written 5 March 2024
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Thank you for your review and feedback. We're delighted to hear that you found our collection comprehensive and informative. We're sorry to hear about the difficulty in finding the stairs to the top, we're always trying to improve signage for better navigation. We appreciate your feedback regarding the small group tours and will address the noise level to ensure a serene atmosphere for all visitors. We hope to welcome you back soon for another enriching experience.
Written 11 March 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited with my wife on the way to the Botanic Gardens. Very imposing building remembering the people who gave their lives over two world wars. Although we didn't take a tour, just wandering around the outside and viewing the eternal flame was an amazing reminder of how terrible war is.
Written 1 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad you and your wife had the opportunity to stop by. Even without a tour, simply being in its presence can evoke powerful reflections on the sacrifices made in war. We appreciate your visit and your thoughtful review.
Written 11 March 2024
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Lee S
Australia3,942 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We have not been to the Shrine of Remembrance for many years so while in Melbourne we decided to take a look at the downstairs improvements.
The Shrine is in the Royal Botanical Gardens it's a wonderful & respectful memorial to our Fallen Anzac. The three levels house the galleries, crypt, sanctuary & the balcony, gallery displays artifacts from all wars plus peace keepers & peace makes operation. The crypt shows WW 1 conflict plus the father & son statue but for me the Sanctuary is what the shrine is all about. The balcony overlooks Melbourne but there are many stairs to climb to see the view. The staff were friendly and very helpful explaining to us about the memorial. I believe this is a must do while In Melbourne.
Highly recommend
Written 23 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience! We're glad you had the opportunity to revisit the Shrine of Remembrance and explore the new highlights within the Shrine. It's heartening to hear that you found it to be a wonderful and respectful memorial. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 11 March 2024
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Ron M
Menasha, WI542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was by far the best war memorial we've visited in Australia and New Zealand. It is well laid out and filled with stories of men and women from Victoria and other parts of Australia and hundred of artifacts supporting or explaining these stories. There are a lot of audio-visual presentations in the various hallways and display areas. The displays are well lit and easy to ready. The staff is very helpful and friendly. There are ample number of clean bathrooms and a nice gift shop. The view from the balcony gives a nice overview of the very large property as well as the Melbourne skyline. We spent 3 hours there and enjoyed every bit of it.
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such an outstanding review! We're thrilled to hear you found the Shrine to be the best memorial you've visited in Australia and New Zealand, and were particularly happy to hear you appreciated the time and effort put into the audio-visual presentations (which our passionate team have worked very hard on). Our staff takes great pride in being helpful and friendly, and we're delighted that you had a positive experience. We'll be passing your feedback on. Spending three hours exploring and enjoying every bit speaks volumes and is truly appreciated. Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
Written 19 February 2024
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Emuin
Lewis Center, OH9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The museum was a revelation. The manicured part of this museum is like garden. So, a non traditional museum you can call this.
Written 15 January 2024
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Hi there Emuin, thank you so much for the review and leaving a comment! Did you step inside the Galleries underneath the Shrine as well as enjoying the beautiful gardens? Looking forward to welcoming you again one day soon.
Written 15 January 2024
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