11 April 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 coronavirus (COVID-19).

Arts Centre Melbourne, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, Melbourne Recital Centre and Geelong Arts Centre have temporarily closed all their venues to help slow the spread of the virus in Victoria and keep the community safe. These closures are in place until 30 June 2020.

During their closures, these institutions are offering a range of digital experiences and activities, from virtual galleries tours to livestreamed performances, events and workshops, to activities for children and families.

Keep an eye on their websites and social media channels for updates and details of digital programs and events.

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 30 June. 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, and all function spaces.

The Arts Centre Melbourne car park, which services the broader Melbourne Arts Precinct and community, remains open. 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.

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.

More information at www.musuemsvictoria.com.au

State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria is temporarily closed to the public.

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.

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

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre has temporarily closed  and suspended all public events until 30 June.

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 temporarily closed and cancelled all scheduled performances and events until 30 June.

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 and advice on coronavirus, visit Victoria's Department of Health and Health Services website or the Commonwealth Government's Department of Health website.