One of the most must-see places to visit while in Melbourne is the Shrine of Remembrance. Built to commemorate the loss of lives in the First World War, this beautiful building serves as a stark reminder of those brave soldiers whose memories will never be forgotten. Built as a mark of respect more than eighty years ago, the Shrine is a landmark in Melbourne that honours the Victorian services and sacrifices made during WWI.
It holds temporary and permanent exhibitions such as the Bomber Command when Australians were at war during 1939-1945. The reason you should pay a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance is to take in the enormity of the many brave soldiers who fought for their country, without them Melbourne could be a completely different city altogether today.
Interesting talks and lectures are held on a regular basis giving an insight into social, cultural and conflict aspects of the military history of Australia. These events are suitable for tertiary, secondary students as well as the general public and whats more, are free of charge. Why not download a calendar of events and exhibitions so you can make a reservation to attend in the not too distant future? There are also monthly ceremonies and wreath laying services to mark the following special days:-
Flags of Remembrance
Gallipoli Oaks Project
Making your way around the Shrine of Remembrance gives all visitors a feeling of inspiration and provides valuable insights into Australian history. School tours and programmes can be organised by getting in touch either by telephone, email or completing an online enquiry form. Students will see the famous Shrine Guards who protect this memorial along with all the memories of Victorian people who served and died during the war. It really is a marvellous sight.
The Galleries of Remembrance are undergoing a complete redevelopment scheme in order to provide increased visitor capacity, expanded exhibition capacity, better delivery for education programmes and the capacity to host travelling exhibitions. You will also be able to check out the Devanha Gallipoli Landing Boat once the building is finished which it is hoped will be completed in 2015, ready for the Anzac centenary commemoration.
If you plan to take your next holiday in Melbourne put the Shrine of Remembrance at the top of your must-visit list. ItÃ¢ÂÂs well worth seeing and a great way to learn so much about the past.