Open House Melbourne – Guided Venue Tours

Angel Olsen


Explore Melbourne Recital Centre; where live music lives.

At the same time as the Melbourne Arts Precinct undergoes a $1.7b transformation, Melbourne Recital Centre celebrates fifteen years of living and breathing live music.

Since its opening in 2009, the Centre has been a major contributor to Australia’s vibrant musical landscape and is a testament to the passion, vision, and generosity of Melbourne’s music-loving community and hosts hundreds of events each year.

The building features two striking performance spaces, carefully crafted by ARM Architecture to bring musicians and music lovers closer together. The Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is lined with exquisite plywood panels of Australian plantation hoop pine timber, designed to provide greater acoustic intimacy across the 1000-seat auditorium.

The organic acoustics of the hall extend to the Primrose Potter Salon, an intimate 150-seat performance and event space. Melbourne-born composer Percy Grainger’s 1937 graphic score, Free Music No.2, is inscribed across the surface to inspire players and audiences alike.

Ranked amongst the world’s greatest halls for its uncompromised acoustics, Melbourne Recital Centre was designed by leading global firm ARUP Acoustics.

In this one-hour exploration of the Centre, tour-goers will visit both performance spaces, learn about day-to-day operations, and roam the backstage hallways that have hosted the likes of Lang Lang, Courtney Barnett, and Paul Kelly.

Caring for Our Community

Melbourne Recital Centre is committed to the safety of our artists, staff and patrons. A range of public health, hygiene and physical distancing measures are currently in place. Click here to learn more.


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