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Cowen Gallery

  • 220

  • 120

  • 180

  • 400

  • 330

328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Availability –   From 5pm Daily

The Cowen Gallery is a room of rich history and deep character.

As a part of the original library, this gallery is over 100 years old. Decorated with classic Victorian era artworks, lending to the rich past of the space, and located adjacent to the Redmond Barry Reading Room and the grand La Trobe Reading Room, the space sits poised as a significant mid-point within the library’s spaces and collections. Large wooden doors and detailed architraves lend to the fine craftsmanship that remains from the original home of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Suited to decadent dinners or lavish cocktail events within the historical surrounds of the library. In addition to package pricing, venue hire and additional AV cost will incur.





  • Exclusivity

  • Landscape collection featuring iconic works

  • 19th century heritage interior with large flexible floor space

  • 6.4m high ceilings

  • Parquetry floor

  • Proximity

  • Please note that capacities are subject to change due to Covid-19. Contact us below to be informed of most up-to-date restrictions in accordance to Government Guidelines


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    — KAT


Melbourne CBD

The gallery is also perfectly situated for pre-dinner drinks in one of its surrounding spaces including the Redmond Barry Reading Room or La Trobe Reading Room.


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