Night view of the white facade and portico of the Church featuring four corinthian columns.
Interior of the church taken from the upstairs gallery featuring fixed heritage pews in symmetrical lines with a view of the organ at the front of the church.
Close up of the historic organ with decorated pipes and carved wooden communion table.
Night view of the white facade and portico of the Church featuring four corinthian columns.

Collins Street Baptist Church

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Joseph Reed 1860


Collins St Baptist Church is unique among Melbourne’s city churches. Its classical temple façade features four Corinthian columns at the top of an imposing flight of Victorian bluestone steps. The harmony of the exterior continues inside, with the straight lines, symmetry and height of the sanctuary projecting serenity and calm. The current building was designed by Joseph Reed, architect of the nearby Town Hall, and completed in 1862.

What's On

Visitors are welcome to tour the building. Members of the church community will be on hand to talk more about its history as the home of the oldest continuing Baptist congregation in Australia, and its continuing commitment to social justice.

Children's Activities

Children have the option of taking a detective trail sheet and following the clues around the building accompanied by a carer. There is also a children’s corner with toys.

Images: (1) Collins Street Baptist Church façade. (2) Church sanctuary from the gallery. (3) Church organ. (4) Collins Street Baptist Church façade. All photos: Geoff Maddock

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Open access 10am-3pm

Sunday 28 July
Open access 12.30pm-3pm

No bookings required

To ensure safety on the steep gallery stairs, a maximum of 20 people will be allowed up at any one time.


Accessible bathroom


174 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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