Melbourne Museum is an iconic, postmodern building located in the centre of the Carlton Gardens. Perched on the edge of the city, we’re surrounded by 64 acres of English oaks, plane trees, conifers and Moreton Bay figs. Amid all this greenery, Melbourne Museum cuts a sculptural figure opposite the World Heritage–listed Royal Exhibition Building and next door to Melbourne’s oldest suburb.
With eight main galleries, and temporary exhibition spaces over three levels, we’re the largest museum in the southern hemisphere—so there are plenty of spaces to choose from. And nearby trams and trains, plus a 900-bay onsite carpark, always make for a stress-free event.
No matter the occasion, we know that a great venue can truly make an event. From the soaring Main Foyer to the secluded North Terrace, we love transforming Melbourne Museum’s spaces to cater for events of all sizes, from 10 guests to 2,000.
While our dedicated theatre, Treetops setting and meeting hubs provide beautiful blank canvas options, the museum’s many collections and galleries open up really interesting possibilities. Cocktails with a blue whale skeleton? Dinner beside a 25-metre-tall forest? A Powerpoint presentation with Phar Lap? If you’re planning an unforgettable experience, we’re more than happy to help you explore all the options.
Lights, music, styling, catering … everyone approaches events in their own way. From weddings and cocktail parties to meetings and conferences, we know that events come to life in the details.
Restaurant Associates and Museum Spaces are here to provide flexible support — whether that means custom AV, a specialised approach to layout, or an after-dark colour-wash projected onto the Royal Exhibition Building.
CapacityUp to 2,000
Address11 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Birrarung is set within Bunjilaka, a living cultural centre made up of several key gallery spaces for Victoria’s Indigenous community. It is no accident that the space curves like a river, as Birrarung is the Boonwurrung and Woi wurrung name for Yarra River. Birrarung has a hand-carved zinc wall and leads via double doors to an outdoor area known as Milarri Garden. Birrarung provides the perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy both a contemporary indoor venue and outdoor gardens. Your event can be combined with a private viewing of the First Peoples exhibition and a traditional Welcome to Country or Indigenous performance.
Capacity110 Theatre, 230 Banquet, 200 Banquet with Dance Floor, 450 Cocktail, 150 Cabaret
Main Foyer and Walk
Set in front of the misty fern gully and waterfall of Melbourne Museum’s living Forest Gallery, the Main Foyer and Walk is an architecturally designed contemporary space. Ideal for dinners, large cocktail parties or pre-dinner drinks, the Main Foyer and Walk has a beautiful openness about it and will give your guests a unique museum experience once walking through the doors.
Capacity600 Theatre, 650 Banquet, 550 Banquet with Dance Floor, 2000 Cocktail, 480 Cabaret
Treat your guests to a private viewing of more than 1200 objects from Museum Victoria’s collection, including a restored Luna Park Big Dipper carriage and Melbourne Museum’s most popular object, Phar Lap. The Melbourne Story is the most complete and object-rich exhibition about Melbourne ever staged. Melbourne Gallery is a perfect, unique space for your next corporate dinner, presentation or cocktail party.
Capacity100 Theatre, 150 Banquet, 120 Banquet with Dance Floor, 350 Cocktail, 120 Cabaret
With a large elevated stage, in-built screens and tiered seating, the purpose-built Museum Theatre is perfect for presentations, lectures, conferences, film screenings and product launches.
Capacity214 Theatre +6 wheelchair bays
This space is a unique outdoor area with views over the leafy Carlton Gardens. Backing onto the Forest Gallery and adjacent to Treetops event space, this is a spectacular location for cocktail parties and wedding ceremonies.
Capacity250 Cocktail, 200 Wedding Ceremony (60 seated + 140 standing)
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, adjacent to the outdoor North Terrace and overlooking the treetops of Carlton Gardens, this purpose-designed function space is ideal for meetings, workshops and lunches, and is a favoured space for wedding receptions. Treetops features private bathroom and kitchen facilities, in-built audiovisual facilities and adjustable glare-minimising blinds.
Capacity120 Theatre, 100 Banquet, 80 Banquet with Dance Floor, 180 Cocktail, 80 Cabaret, 32 Boardroom
Mind & Body Gallery
The Mind and Body Gallery presents an intriguing insight into the human experience. With the ability to peek down into the Science and Life Gallery, it’s a really different and memorable option for a dinner or cocktail party.
Capacity150 Banquet, 120 Banquet with Dance Floor, 350 Cocktail
Touring Hall - Available until April 2021
A spacious blank canvas that offers amazing opportunities to theme your event, the Touring Hall offers 885m2 of versatile floor space, a private foyer and adjoining courtyard. Soaring high ceilings leave you free to install dramatic lighting, explore extensive production capabilities, or even create an avenue for aerial performers to entertain your guests.
Science & Life Gallery
The skeleton of a baby blue whale greets the entry to this cluster of exhibits, where your guests will be filled with wonder. Host your next cocktail party or intimate dinner among the dinosaurs and explore one of the most-photographed spots in the museum: Wild, where a collection of over 600 animal specimens are arranged in tiers around the room