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Shrine of Remembrance

Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9661 8100
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The crypt is now a hive of information & history. Worth a visit but give yourself an hour or two. So much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Really well done and a must visit for all new to Melbourne. The displays were very well compiled ( we were treated to moving war poetry exhibition in the crypt). If nothing else the view from outside of the Shrine towards the City was first rate

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Went to see the Shrine after watch on TV what they have now build underground - fantastic memorial well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

For the history buff, the military buff or just to learn about Australia and its people this is the place to go. This may not be a place to visit for smaller children but anybody visiting Melbourne should at least attempt to make the effort and visit. The Shrine is an imposing place and the museum in the lower level... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great place to remember those heroes who have left us. Thoughtful construction taking into consideration November 11 and how the sun enters the monument at that exact time.

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Warrandyte, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This should be a sacred visitation experience for anyone wanting to learn about our hard fought history. From the outside guarded by "Shrine Guards" kitted in the uniform of the "Light Horse" to the exhibits underground, testament to the spirit of our young willing men and women to defend the down trodden from anywhere in the world. Thanks to their... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Building itself is very interesting, climbing up on the higher platform offers very nice panorama view of city around you, and war museum inside is nicely presented if you are a history buff. Entry is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Please get there in time for the 'light' ceremony. Meaningful tribute to the fallen from Australia and New Zealand.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I have recently moved to Australia & didn't know much about Australia' s role in WW1 & WW2 & About Anzac war , but this place became my introduction to the history of this great country. After visiting shrine of remembrance, I developed more interest in knowing about the wars that Australia has fought. The exhibits are so detailed &... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our visit. Not as much to see as Canberra memorial, but would recommend the Melbourne Shrine. A moving and peaceful place. Helpful volunteers. Lovely views of the city from the top and the galleries have some interesting exhibits which are well presented.

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