1 June 2020

Melbourne’s major cultural institutions will welcome back Victorians in time for the winter school holidays.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, State Library Victoria and parts of Arts Centre Melbourne will officially re-open to the public on Saturday, 27 June.

While some cultural venues can open under strict conditions from today, these key public institutions will take further time to ensure that their much-loved facilities are ready to safely welcome back the community.

The directions of the Chief Health Officer will be the principal guide to re-opening conditions.

Opening details

Melbourne Museum plans to re-open all of its spaces, including the popular Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, as well as IMAX Melbourne. Scienceworks in Spotswood, much loved by children of all ages, will also open all of its experiences.

NGV International on St Kilda Road and NGV Australia in Federation Square will welcome art lovers to exhibitions including Collecting Comme and Japanese Modernism.

The State Library’s iconic La Trobe Reading Room and the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall will again inspire visitors, along with other recently transformed spaces.

Arts Centre Melbourne will open for self-guided tours and visits to the popular Australian Music Vault exhibition in the Theatres Building and the immersive Ghostly Machines in Hamer Hall.

In the weeks leading up to their official re-opening, some of these venues will welcome smaller community groups for special access, viewings and programs.

From 15 June, State Library Victoria will open its ground-floor information centre and Cowen Gallery for those with limited access to wi-fi and communication technology.

From 22-26 June, NGV will host special interest groups, giving priority access to community members who face additional challenges in experiencing the gallery and Melbourne Museum will welcome back museum members as well as children with autism and their families.

These cultural icons will also continue to offer their popular virtual experiences, such as streamed talks, children’s programs, performances and behind the scenes tours, which have been so embraced by Victorians during the closure period.

To prepare for re-opening, galleries, museums, libraries, theatres and performance spaces will implement a range of public health, hygiene and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff. The number of people allowed in each separate space will be consistent with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

For more detail on what’s on, what’s open and tickets, visit the relevant organisation’s website.