Discover the full suite of spaces accessible as part of Connection, to ensure you make the most of your visit to this multi-faceted, diverse experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attendees are advised that this experience may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons.
We encourage you to move around to experience the fully immersive gallery from a number of different angles. We think the best view is upstairs from the mezzanine.
There is no time limit once you enter. Feel free to wander, sit and stay as long as you like. As a guide the experience runs for approximately 50 minutes, before it all starts again.
Seating should be offered to people with disabilities and the elderly as a priority.
Bathrooms are located in the far back corner of the gallery.
An interpretation of the traditional Smoking Ceremony practice is presented as part of the preface to Connection within the gallery’s entrance area. This custom forms part of the traditional practice of strangers seeking permission to enter a Custodian’s Country.
This tradition is invoked in THE LUME Melbourne’s interpretation through native scenic rocks and flora, and enlarged ceremonial vessel. As well as educating visitors about the ritual, the interpretation is intended to prompt a sense of cleansing and reflection before visitors enter the primary Connection gallery space.
Learn more about the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony customs here.
A captivating expansion of Connection, the Gallery of Original Art houses a collection of original, physical artworks by First Nations artists, whose work is also included in Connection.
This assembly of works marks the first time that THE LUME Melbourne has displayed physical artworks or artefacts to complement a feature experience. In tandem with the physical display of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s remarkable Emily's Wall, the Gallery of Original Art represents an ambition to further showcase the breathtaking impact of First Peoples’ art.
As well as admiring and learning about the original works, visitors to Connection will also be able to purchase the artworks displayed in the Gallery of Original Art. Royalties on the sale of artworks will benefit the artists and their families.
Anmatyerre woman Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c. 1910 - 1996) is widely considered one of Australia’s most significant First Nations artists. Kngwarreye did not begin painting until her 70s, but quickly gained international recognition for her distinctive artistic style.
THE LUME Melbourne is proud to present the first public display of Emily’s Wall in Australia as part of Connection. On loan from art collector Hank Ebes, Emily’s Wall comprises 53 individual panels, each painted during one week over the course of a year and representing Kngwarreye's view of the passing seasons in her world. The largest and final piece, the triptych centrepiece, was completed in late 1995.
The impact of Emily’s Wall is further heightened at THE LUME Melbourne by a mirrored floor and ceiling, providing an illusion of infinite depth.
Learn more about Kngwarreye and Emily’s Wall here.
For the first time, THE LUME Melbourne’s immersive cylindrical room plays host to an interactive installation. Incorporating artworks representing Land, Water and Sky Country. The space features projections that respond to the visitor’s movements, inviting them to reflect on their reciprocal relationship with Country.
Mirri, THE LUME Melbourne’s café, invites visitors to discover the incredible flavours of Indigenous produce through First Nations chef Mark Olive’s fusion of traditional foods with contemporary ingredients.
With a menu featuring Australian produce infused with Indigenous flavours and native fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, Mirri will excite tastebuds, educate visitors and truly enrich the Connection experience. Mirri is a celebration of traditions and storytelling, where every dish carries the legacy of cultural heritage.
For more information about Mirri and to access the menu, click here.
Take home a momento of your visit to THE LUME Melbourne. Select from a range of programs, books, art, apparel, homewares, gifts and accessories.
The Retail Store is open daily - please note that THE LUME Melbourne is a cash-free venue. You can also shop online.
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Pick up a discount parking voucher from any of our friendly Visitor Experience team members and use this together with your parking ticket to save up to $36.00.
To claim your discount at either of the below carparks, simply follow either of the two options in our How to Use Discount Parking Tickets guide.