16 March 2020

Victoria’s state-owned cultural institutions have announced the temporary closure of their venues from Monday 16 March and the cancellation of programs and events in response to COVID-19.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, Melbourne Recital Centre and Geelong Arts Centre have all announced temporary closures as a precautionary measure to help slow the transmission of the virus in Victoria and help protect Victorians.

The cultural institutions are taking this difficult step proactively in the interests of staff, artists and the public as a cautious and prudent response in an evolving situation.

All will continue to closely monitor and assess the situation over the weeks ahead and will provide updates via their websites and social media channels.

The closures include:

Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne has cancelled all scheduled performances and events and temporarily closed its buildings to the public, through to 12 April. Closures include the Theatres Building (including the State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio, Box Office and Australian Music Vault), the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Hamer Hall, The Channel creative learning space, food and beverage outlets within the buildings, and all function spaces.

The Arts Centre Melbourne car park, which services the broader Melbourne Arts Precinct and community, will remain open, as will the outdoor café, The Protagonist, on the forecourt outside the Theatres Building. The building will be closed to the public and those who use the car park can enter and exit as directed.

Refunds will be provided for ticket holders booked to attend performances and events over this period. Refunds will be processed automatically – you do not need to contact Arts Centre Melbourne.

More information at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

National Gallery of Victoria

Both NGV International and NGV Australia are temporarily closed to the public until Monday April 13.

If you have pre-purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs, the NGV team will be in contact with you shortly. Art lovers can also access the NGV Collection online.

More information at www.ngv.vic.gov.au

Museums Victoria

Museums Victoria has temporarily closed all its public sites, including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX. A reopening date has not been announced.

Museums Victoria will be providing regular updates via its website and on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

State Library Victoria 

State Library Victoria will temporarily close its site to the public. A reopening date has not yet been announced.

Victorians can access librarians remotely through the online Ask a Librarian chat service, along with free online access to library collections and ebooks, journals and other databases with a library membership. Those without a current membership can easily join for free at slv.vic.gov.au/join.

Updates on Library services will be published on the Library’s website, social media channels and via email to subscribers.

More information at www.slv.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre has temporarily suspended all public events for four weeks, with performances set to resume from Monday 13 April.

All concerts and events will be postponed or cancelled, and all customers will be offered a refund or the opportunity to exchange into a future performance.

More information: melbournerecital.com.au

Geelong Arts Centre

Geelong Arts Centre has cancelled all scheduled performances and events and is temporarily closed, expected to reopen and resume activity on Monday 13 April.

The closure covers the whole Geelong Arts Centre site including the Ryrie Street entrance, Café, The Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Studio Spaces, Box Office and Creative Engine.

Refunds will be provided to those booked to attend performances and events over this period. Geelong Arts Centre will email ticket holders with a confirmation of the cancelation. Refunds will be processed automatically – you do not need to contact Geelong Arts Centre.

More information at geelongartscentre.org.au

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit Victoria's Department of Health and Health Services website or the Department of Health.