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Exterior of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.
Exterior of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, alongside Parkville Precinct health services.
Interior atrium at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.
Fluid design of the interiors at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.
Historical photograph of patient receiving treatment for cancer within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre's 75th Anniversary

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Funded by the Victorian Government, supported by generous philanthropic donations and delivered as a Public Private Partnership with the Plenary Health Consortium.

Description

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world-leading cancer research, treatment and education centre, and Australia's only public health service dedicated to the treatment and care of people with cancer. Established in 1949, and housed within Melbourne’s biomedical precinct and the iconic Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre since 2016, Peter Mac has led an era of remarkable change in cancer care. The award-winning façade and light-filled, airy spaces are elegant and soothing. Purples, pinks and whites are punctuated by natural timber, expertly woven into the fluid lines of the vast interior, creating a therapeutic space for more than 40,000 patients annually.

What's On

Established in 1949, Peter Mac celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2024. Visitors will discover Peter Mac through a new lens, learning about scientific discovery and the immense progress in cancer treatments and care. Visitors will view never-before seen artefacts from co-founders Sir Peter MacCallum and Rutherford Kaye Scott, experience the health service’s stunning contemporary visual art collection and learn about how the people of Victoria have contributed to the organisation through donations and philanthropy. A newly created 75th-anniversary video timeline of medical, research and technological advances will be on rotation in the Peter Mac lecture theatre. Additional programming will include a reflection activity for adults affected by cancer.

Booked tours will provide access to patient-facing areas of the building, and areas that a usually staff-only. A meet the Art Curator tour will run on Sunday at 2pm.

There will also be several self-guided activities, including a self-guided visual art tour and a self-guided history exhibition, Some Days are Diamonds, featuring newly discovered artefacts.

Children's Activities

A simple treasure hunt for children aged five to 12 will be available during the Open House weekend. It will revolve around children finding five points/items in the building that then make up a diamond shape, which is symbol of the 75th anniversary. 

Images: (1) Exterior of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. (2) Exterior of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, alongside Parkville Precinct health services. (3) Interior atrium at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. (4) Fluid design of the interiors at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. (5) Historical photograph of patient receiving treatment for cancer within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. All photos: courtesy of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July + Sunday 28 July
Open access with self-guided tours 10am-4pm
No bookings required

Guided tours run 11am, 12pm, 2pm + 3pm
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 20
Bookings required

Sunday 28 July
Meet the Art Curator at 2pm
Bookings required

This program includes both open access and pre-booked components. Where bookings are required—a $7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

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ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access, Available online post-event

Location

305 Grattan St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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