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Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.
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St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
+61 3 9661 8100
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived just before 11.00am to find that at 11.00am a short service was held every day to commemorate the fallen and the guide who was an ex serviceman explained the reason why this took place each day. In the crypt there was a museum...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Shirne of Remembrance is a must see attraction/land mark when in Melbourne pay your respect tot he fallen ones of Australia and the shrine is quite educational and involvement of Australia since world war one. The shrine also gives you an amazing view of the...More

Thank travellerxii
Reviewed 4 days ago

25th of April at dawn is so very tangible. an experience that is very moving. But to return on a bright sunny day and actually walk the building and the viewing turrets it is a worthwhile thing to do for all ages and quite poignant.

Thank Vivien2223
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Even if you are not interested in history the Shrine of Remembrance offers an amazing view over the city of Melbourne. Don't miss it!

Thank Ststorck
Reviewed 4 days ago

Located next to Royal Botanical Garden in Melbourne. Free entry. A good place to study about World Wars. All exhibits are nicely maintained. The Shrine has a beautiful architecture.

Thank Lamindu
Reviewed 5 days ago

I am fortunate to live nearby and this place is just amazing well located awesome view very spiritual and honourable

Thank FarisAlavi
Reviewed 5 days ago

So much to see. The Shrine is very well displayed with all the World War history. Entry if free. The view from the balcony is outstanding.

Thank Katie K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Almost by accident, we ended up at the Shrine of Remembrance as we were going to the Botanical Gardens. So glad we did, a truly moving experience, tasteful exhibits trying to give a feeling of the horrors of war and yet portraying the human side...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent visit that provides a solid background on history, and the Australian involvement in WWI and WWII. Very well organized.

Thank Gelber155
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Shrine is one of Melbourne’s most sacred places - built between 1928 and 1934, it’s design being inspired by the tomb of King Mausolus. Stunning architecture. The balcony provides breathtaking views of the city and Galleries of Remembrance feature over 800 artworks, historical artefacts...More

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Mohit T
20 February 2017|
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Response from Rob H | Reviewed this property |
Free to look around.
13 December 2016|
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Response from muraritodi | Reviewed this property |
They are normally open on all days except Christmas day.
10 July 2015|
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Response from greecefan57 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry although been to Israel, it was only on a day visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem so don't know that area. However good luck with your walk.