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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 December 4, 2016

The Shrine is wheelchair accessible inside - there are lifts to all the floors - but no lift to the balcony on the outside. Worth a look.

Thank Robyn C
Reviewed December 4, 2016

Try and come at the flag lowering (I think at 5pm everyday?) as it is a good tradition to observe. It is a beautiful building and serves its purpose of rememberance well for the fallen soldiers,

Thank Antonio G
Holly C, Public Relations Manager at Shrine of Remembrance, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2016

Hi Antonio, yes, the flag lowering service takes place at 5pm every day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). The last Ray of Light reenactment in the Sanctuary is 4.30pm. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed December 4, 2016

Easy level walk around the Shrine. Plenty to take in about our wonderful History. The shrine itself was just so moving, the history and the guides around the Shrine were all so friendly and willing to help.

Thank Dennik
Reviewed December 4, 2016

Very touching. Australia has created a monument that really recognizes the sacrifice of many individuals in armed conflict all over the world. The building and grounds are beautiful.The view from the balcony of CBD is an additonal benefit. Well worth your time.

1  Thank BHoskin
Reviewed December 3, 2016

This place was great and has great views of the city. Probably the best views of the city. It is well worth the time.

1  Thank postrawb
Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

A bit away from the Melbourne CBD (and already outside the free tram circuit) but definitely a must go. It's free! It's really beautiful! Has history! And provides also a good look over Melbourne (we had never noticed the face in the building in the...More

Thank SandraIDias
Reviewed December 2, 2016

We have been there on our Biketour with Freddies Bike tours. Was a great Building with an awesome look at Melbourne CBD.

Thank jodeleh
Reviewed December 1, 2016

I visited the Shrine of Remembrance with the idea of learning about history and just checking out this beautiful structure and the scenery from the top of this building. What I did not expect was to end up crying after the first five minutes there....More

Thank SYM4L
Reviewed November 30, 2016

This is not what we expected at all. Most large memorial structures are just that; big monuments commemorating the soldiers who served and died. But this one, built by Australians who really go over-the-top on commemorating their armed services, includes a very large and expansive...More

Thank kurteg
Reviewed November 30, 2016

The wonderfully moving and well presented museum area has many exhibits detailing various conflicts through to more recent UN peacekeeping

Thank Alan M
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Mohit T
What is the entry fee?
February 20, 2017|
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Response from stingrayshez | Reviewed this property |
Yes which is great
Is the Shrine open on Public holidays? Specifically New Years Day? Thanks!
December 12, 2016|
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Response from muraritodi | Reviewed this property |
They are normally open on all days except Christmas day.
Hi My name is Meir Brown and I from ISRAEL. At October 2017 it will be 100 year of ANZAC, in the Holy Land. I plan a walk maby of two days, the beging and the final route that the ANZAC figth and win the battle of BEER SHEVA. If this interest you please contact me. With pleasure and honour Meir Brown
July 10, 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.