Since opening in 1977, the Arts Centre Melbourne has established itself as the epicenter of the city’s performing arts scene. With the building’s dramatic spire, the complex has become a cultural landmark within the Southbank arts and culture precinct.
Hamer Hall is the main concert hall, while the Theatres Building contains several performance spaces underneath the Arts Centre’s iconic spire. Each is linked by a number of landscaped walkways. The complex also comprises dedicated gallery spaces, including Gallery 1 (formally the George Adams Gallery) and the St. Kilda Road Foyer Gallery.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse mix of local and international performances throughout the year, as well as offering guided tours, exhibitions, and an onsite restaurant and cafe. There’s also a Sunday market held each week from 10am to 4pm, which sees local artists fill the Arts Centre Lawn with unique, handmade crafts and foodstuffs.
The Arts Centre is located by the Yarra River on St Kilda Road, one of the city's main thoroughfares. It can easily be reached by the CBD and Melbourne suburbs by bus, train, and tram. The box office is open from 9am until 8:30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. Guided tours of the Arts Centre depart from the Theatres Building Information Desk (St. Kilda Road Level) Monday to Saturday at 11am.