Before your visit to THE LUME Melbourne we’ve collated your go-to guide on location, transport, parking, accessibility, dining and more.

Opening Hours

THE LUME Melbourne is open seven days a week. Opening and closing times may change with demand; please check times on the date you wish to attend.

Mon: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Tue: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Wed: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)
Thu: 10am - 9.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Fri: 10am - 9.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Sat: 10am - 9.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Sun: 10am - 6.30pm (last entry 5pm)

If you would like to visit when the gallery is less crowded than usual, we recommend Tuesday and Thursday mornings.


THE LUME Melbourne is located within Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), nestled in the heart of Melbourne along the bustling South Wharf precinct.

We recommend to enter via the DFO/South Wharf main entry (doors near the Novotel).

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
5 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia (MCEC Door 18)


Getting There

By Tram

Trams 12, 96 and 109 run every 6-12 minutes and stop outside MCEC on Clarendon Street (9 minute walk). Trams 70, 35 and 75 run along Flinders Street stopping on the north side of the Yarra River near the pedestrian bridge to MCEC.

By Train

Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street is approximately a 15 minute walk from the THE LUME Melbourne, and services most of Melbourne's rail lines.

By Bike

Various bike parking facilities are available at MCEC. There are bike hoops located along Convention Centre Place outside Wilson Parking South Wharf and another on Orrs Walk, opposite Polly Woodside.

By Car

See below for $12 parking at South Wharf Retail carpark or the Melbourne Exhibition Centre carpark. Taxi and Ride Share drop off ranks are located outside our front entrance.

$12 All Day Parking

Enjoy your visit without worrying about the time and save with our all-day parking offer. We've made it simple for you.

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.


South Wharf Retail Carpark
2 minute walk

Company: Wilson Parking
Opening hours: 24/7 hours
Enter/Exit: Munro Street or Convention Centre Place
Clearance Height: 2.1 metres

MCEC Carpark
7 minute walk

Company: Wilson Parking
Opening hours: 24/7 hours
Enter/Exit: Normanby Road‍
Clearance Height: 2.2 metres

Experience Guide

Connection is a truly multi-faceted, multi-sensory experience.

With small and large-scale original, physical artworks to complement the main digital presentation, an interpretation of the traditional Smoking Ceremony ritual, interactive spaces, and a dining space that infuses Australian produce with Indigenous flavours, you won’t want to miss a thing.



THE LUME Melbourne is committed to being accessible to all visitors and has many accessible features including accessible toilets, a lift to the gallery’s mezzanine space and augmented hearing sets.

We also provide regular Low Sensory Sessions of Connection. Upcoming sessions are on Tuesday October 31 from 4pm onwards, and Monday 27 November from 4pm onwards. During these sessions audio levels of the experience will be lowered.

Prepare for a visit to THE LUME Melbourne by downloading and reading our free Social Story document here.

When you arrive at the venue, please speak to our friendly staff if you require assistance or get in touch in advance via our online form.


Complement your visit to THE LUME Melbourne with a selection of enticing tastes and aromas that will engage all the senses and make your experience even more memorable.


Retail Store

Take home a memento 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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Conditions of Entry

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience at THE LUME Melbourne, please be aware of the conditions of entry to the gallery.



On Thursday, Nov 30, THE LUME will close early. Last entry: 12.30pm.
FREE 15 min Art Talks. More info
Unlimited Connection Entry is just $1 more than a Single Entry! Buy now.
Enjoy a three-course Feast For The Senses dinner for two. Reserve table.
"This was one of the most beautiful art experiences of my life." Book Connection tickets.