Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne
4.5
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
For more than 30 years, Arts Centre Melbourne has been Melbourne’s leading venue for world-class theatre, dance, music and more. In the Theatres Building, directly under the venue’s iconic Spire, are three separate theatres – the State Theatre, which boasts one of the world’s largest stages and hosts performances by Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet, the Playhouse and the intimate Fairfax Studio. Next door on the banks of the Yarra River, Hamer Hall is a premier venue for musical performances, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is popular for open-air concerts. The new Australian Music Vault features a free exhibition celebrating Australian contemporary music. On Sundays (10am - 4pm), local artisans showcase their unique handmade goods at the Sunday Market. Book tickets at the box office to see a performance or join a guided tour. A range of cafe, dining and bar options are on site and a 24-hour car park available.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The Arts Center is the entertainment center for Melbourne. The Arts Center has a number of outstanding venues, including the iconic Hamer Hall. The Rock and Australian Roll Hall of Fame is fascinating. The Arts Center is on the south side of Princes Bridge, you can take the tram down Swanston Street, or walk from Flinders St Station. By the way, it's easy to see the Spire.
Written 22 November 2023
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kim p
Campbelltown, Australia43 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Visited The National Victoria Art Gallery and it was beautiful inside and outside, also the food in the cafe was amazing
Written 6 October 2023
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Kimberley H
Adelaide, Australia99 contributions
Nov 2022
I came here to see Phantom of the Opera in November 2022.

You predominately get down to the lower floors by using stairs and then at a certain point escalators which only go one way. So if you don’t like a lot of stairs, you may not be having a great time until you get to your seat.

Once you’re inside and you’ve gone down the escalators to the second floor you have no internet connection. So no quick scroll of Facebook while you wait.

Average prices for drinks, bottle of water was $5 at least.
With all the people queuing for drinks it was a bit hard to move around.

Had items for sale up on the first floor, wasn’t a very big stall but still plenty to chose from, just wish it wasn’t so needlessly expensive. $25 for a key ring seems a bit excessive.
Written 23 March 2023
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Greg
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jan 2023
very poor customer service. as a patron that has supported the centre over many years and throughout covid, the one time i asked for a refund as i have an event that clashes with tickets purchased all i get is no.... that's also with giving 6 weeks notice, plenty of time to resell tickets to and event that has sold out. Looks like i'll take my business and support elsewhere.👎👎👎
Written 23 February 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,748 contributions
Feb 2023
My wife and I were here to attend "The Phantom of The Opera". It was an excellent performance. We managed to buy tickets for the 1st row centre seats in the Dress Circle.

The State Theatre in the Theatres Building of Arts Centre Melbourne (under the spire) has one of the largest stages in the World. It is a 2,079-seat theatre used for opera, ballet and theatre performances.

Hamer Hall next to it, is a 2,466-seat concert hall, the largest indoor venue at Arts Centre Melbourne, used for orchestra and contemporary music performances.
Written 16 February 2023
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Stuart D
Corowa, Australia286 contributions
Dec 2022
We attended Phantom of the Oprah on Friday night, and it was stunning. The Opera was enthralling and mesmerizing. The singers were pure joy and the stage effects amazing. The theatre is spectacular, and the evening was so memorable. Such shows should see a relationship with a Victorian winery and there be a wine release to match the show and be served at the theatre!
Written 17 December 2022
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Prue16
Melbourne, Australia160 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
TO BE an Art Centre in the center of cultural Melbourne, a spectacular building built to nurture the Arts 🎭, to give voice to the written word, interpreted by our talented Actors’ and production crews, and in doing so, entertains us in all its glory and footlights, that’s what this magnificent building imbues!

NOT TO BE is a coffee to be found… on a weekend??

Apparently because their too busy to make coffees ?

“But this is Melbourne, known world wide for our great coffee culture and the Arts 🎭” I voiced perplexed

Everyone around us had the same idea, drive in early to get a park, coffee and cake before the show … but to all our dismay NO COFFEE TO BE MADE ON WEEKENDS!

Plus we were also told that the cafe upstairs don’t do coffee’s on weekends either!!

One punter announces that the “Protagonist Cafe” out the front serves coffee ☕️, so in droves we exited the building in utter dismay, to joined the large queue of coffee lovers

5 mins later, we were served a fabulous cup of coffee with scrumptious bakery delights, all accomplished by three friendly, smiling baristas.

Discussion rose in the queue, was one of huge disappointment and discontent of the Art Centre’s weekend NO coffee policy and the talk was, apparently paying weekend rates was at the core of this appalling decision.

With the amount of disgruntled patrons buying coffee ☕️ and delights elsewhere, paying the penalty rates needed for an extra barista, would pay for its self ten fold, and maintain the Arts 🎭 Centre’s reputation, to serve the needs of the very people whom keep their doors open, curtains up and the performing Arts 🎭 supported!

THE END!
Written 28 November 2022
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Simon D
324 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We were one of many to see the Australian Chamber Orchestra, but what a fantastic venue. The Arts Centre has plenty of staff to help you get around with bar service on all levels. Still modern and clean, well done.
Written 20 November 2022
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Heng
Singapore, Singapore3,736 contributions
June 2022 • Family
On Sunday, part of the thoroughfare is converted into a Sunday market with artist selling their art pieces such as painting, fashion accessories, clothings. And as usual, food can be found here as well. If you are lucky, you will also have musicians there to make the complete the Arts Center experience.
Written 14 June 2022
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keepmeprivate
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
July 2021
In pre-COVID times we were avid live theatre go-ers. My husband is unwell and uses a wheelchair, and the staff have always been fantastic about meeting our needs. The buidling - inc the carpark - are also very accessible.

During the July school holidays we wanted to go to the NGV, so we parked under The Arts Centre because we are confident in its accessibility. What we didn't know, is that The Arts Centre is only open when an actual performance is underway.

Nevertheless, the car park staff member called Security, who happily escorted us through the building so that we could get to street level. Moreover, they were encouraged us to call them for the return journey back to the car once we had finished at the gallery.

This is what good customer service and true accessibility is all about. Thank you!
Written 19 July 2021
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