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The Shrine of Remembrance at dawn
the Shrine of Remembrance Sanctuary featuring friezes that depict scenes from conflict
a close up of the Shrine of Remembrance colonnades
looking up at the Shrine of Remembrance from the Visitor Centre
a historical images of the Shrine from 1945.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Rediscovering the Shrine of Remembrance

James Wardrop and Phillip Hudson 1923, ARM Architecture 2014.


A century ago, a public design competition resulted in the grand architecture of the Shrine of Remembrance. Built between 1927 and 1934, the Shrine is one of Melbourne’s most iconic monuments, its design evoking the grandeur of ancient Greek and Roman structures. But there’s another story to be told beyond its commanding presence.

What's On

Design educator and YouTuber Kevin Hui of archimarathon leads a guided tour to uncover lesser-known elements of the Shrine’s design.
The tour will cover both the interior and exterior of the monument, including the journey from Domain Road and key features of the Reserve. It will also explore the design and symbology of the four courtyards and how, in the 2014 redevelopment, ARM worked to incorporate this into the historic design. Inside the building, participants can witness the subtleties in the fusion between old and new, and how the original intent of the Shrine translates into its physical features.

ARM Architecture have won several awards for their work on the Shrine of Remembrance, including the AIA Melbourne Prize, AIA Architecture Awar —Urban Design, AIA William Wardell Award—Public Architecture, AIA John George Knight Award—Heritage Architecture, AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award—Public Architecture and AIA Victorian Architecture Medal.

Images: (1) Shrine of Remembrance. Photo: Earl Carter. (2) Shrine of Remembrance. Photo: Earl Carter. (3) Shrine of Remembrance. Photo: Earl Carter. (4) Shrine of Remembrance. Photo: Earl Carter. (5) Shrine of Remembrance, 1945. Photo: Victorian Railways.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tour runs 11am
Running for 90 minutes in a group of 20
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at the Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour departure time. 
The tour will be a combination of indoor and outdoor, so please ensure you wear appropriate attire, including comfortable shoes, and bring a bottle of water. 
Ticketed parking is available on Birdwood Avenue, otherwise, the site is a 1.3 kilometre walk from Flinders Street railway station. Alternatively, take any southbound tram from Federation Square (except route number 1) to Stop 19.


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


All Ages


Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, 3000

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