Arts Centre Melbourne receives many requests to light our iconic Spire to support countless fantastic causes. While we’d love to be able to honour all of these, we assess all requests against the below criteria to ensure that when we do agree to a request, it aligns with our brand values and our role first and foremost as a champion of the performing arts. In addition, we limit the number of campaigns per month to avoid diluting message impact. This is underpinned by the following:
The Australian Performing Arts Collection is used in our changing exhibitions and displays, both onsite and touring. Please check our Exhibitions & Displays section.
Our primary exhibition space, Gallery 1, has become a permanent home for a new music-focused exhibition – the Australian Music Vault. We’ll be diving into the wealth of resources contained within the Australian Performing Arts Collection to curate the Australian Music Vault experience. More information about the Australian Music Vault is available here.
The Collections are used regularly by curators, historians, performers, writers, publishers, staff and members of the general public. Research outcomes have included family histories, plays, articles, books, films and documentaries, and artworks. Arts Centre Melbourne also runs an active loans program. We lend material to cultural organisations in Australia and overseas.
Visit the Australian Performing Arts Collection online.
Curators are not permitted to provide valuations or appraisals of material for members of the general public. We suggest you seek advice from auction houses or individual professional valuers.
Approved valuers for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program are listed on the associated website.
The Australian Performing Arts Collection houses approximately 60,000 programs donated by individuals and performing arts companies for over 40 years. We have complete holdings for most major performing arts companies in Melbourne and have ongoing deposit arrangements with many of them. We're currently looking for programs representing less mainstream performers and companies. Please view our Donation Guidelines for further details.
We welcome the support of those interested in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Collections, with financial contributions towards purchases, conservation treatments or our other activities important in continuing to grow our Collections. You can also make a bequest in support of the Collections through Arts Centre Melbourne's Philanthropy team. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to donate culturally significant material to the Collections, please see our Donation Guidelines. Alternatively, if you're interested in volunteering your time, you may like to join our waiting list to participate in the Collection Volunteer Program. Please contact the Research Centre for more information on volunteering with the Collections.
Arts Centre Melbourne's Collections have been largely developed by generous donations of culturally significant material by members of the general public. Material may be gifted through outright donation, bequest or through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, which provides tax deductions for the donation of highly significant cultural material. Material offered for donation is assessed regularly by the Collection Development Group in line with our Collection Development Policy. Please view our Donation Guidelines for further details.
We're lucky to receive financial support in numerous shapes and forms, so if you'd like to join the generous group of individuals, families, companies and organisations who dig deep to assist Arts Centre Melbourne deliver its events and programs, head to our Join & Support page for more information.
We welcome volunteers, and would love to hear from you if you're a lover of the arts with a passion to help us do our thing.
Any jobs vacancies are posted on our Employment page, so keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities and come join our team.
Children aged under 2 years are admitted free of charge to some performances seated on their carer’s lap without a pram. Please contact us on 1300 182 183 if you're unsure whether this applies to the specific performance you wish to attend.
We welcome people of all ages to experience Arts Centre Melbourne’s offerings. Our ‘Babes in Arms’ policy for the majority of events means children under two years of age may be admitted without a ticket if they remain seated on the lap of a parent or guardian.
For performances aimed specifically at children two and under, a ticket may be required – check the event information for more details, or if in doubt, please call our team on 1300 182 183.
Arts Centre Melbourne is a place for everyone in the community, so when bringing children please consider the interests and enjoyment of everyone attending. Any person (regardless of age) interrupting the enjoyment of others may be asked to leave an event and/or venue.
As per our conditions of entry, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Families attending ticketed daytime shows will receive an early bird offer when entering our Car Park before their performances, Monday to Friday, saving approximately 50% off the normal rate.
For all other rates, phone (03) 9281 8012 or visit our Parking page.
Arts Centre Melbourne provides age recommendations for all family performances to help you and your children get the most out of your visit. While we work closely with the creators of the performances to determine a suitable age recommendation, it's still ultimately up to you as the parent to make the final decision around suitability.
Please ask our friendly staff to direct you to our full changing facilities.
We have an extensive archive of teacher resources from shows as far back as 2009. These are available for download as PDFs. You can find these resources here.
Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004 between the National Gallery of Victoria and the Yarra River. It's only minutes away from Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and the CBD.
See our Getting Here page for information on public transport options.
Drop off points for chartered buses are located in the (city-bound) service lane of St Kilda Road outside the NGV and Hamer Hall, but there is no parking permitted at these locations. Two-hour bus parking is available opposite Arts Centre Melbourne along St Kilda Road and is regulated by the Melbourne City Council. For more details please visit melbourne.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9658 9658.
Parking for standard sized vehicles is available in Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park via the corner of Sturt and Kavanagh Streets, Southbank. Learn more about the Arts Centre Melbourne Car park.
The activities, ideas and learnings can be implemented across a range of educational areas. Our professional development workshops and sessions are open to all educators and pre-service teachers.
Will the professional learning activities I undertake as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s professional leaning program align with the Australian Professional Standard for Teachers.
We don't want you to miss any of your performance or workshop, and we're sure you don't either, so we strongly encourage schools to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
However, if you are running late please do get in touch.
If you are running late for a performance, please call the Concierge desk on (03) 9281 8298. On your arrival you will be admitted to the auditorium at a suitable break in the performance.
If you are running late for a workshop, please call The Channel on (03) 9281 8194.
Guided Tours. Our guides will take students through the foyers and into the auditoriums (where available) and reveal the history, design and function of the buildings, as well as explaining the significance of the artwork that fills the walls of our foyers. Find our more information about our Guided Tours.
Gallery Spaces. Free performing arts exhibitions are offered throughout the year in our main Gallery Space 1.
Explore the area! Arts Centre Melbourne sits within the heart of Melbourne’s Cultural Precinct, with sites such as National Gallery of Victoria, ACMI, the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum either a walk or tram ride away.
Participation certificates include the date and duration of the PD, and can be used as evidence of required PD hours for VIT registration.