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The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall

Opened in 1856 as the Library’s original reading room, and reopening as a venue in late spring 2019, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall is one of Melbourne’s most breathtaking historical venues. Featuring a newly renovated 19th-century interior evoking the splendour of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, it is an unforgettable venue for your wedding reception, end-of-year celebration, musical soiree or theatrical performance.

By day, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall will function as a tranquil reading room, with refurbished 1860s decor and restored skylights. By night, the imposing double-height room lined with gilded arcades will transform into an opulent venue for special events.

With entry via a grand marble staircase, the hall lends a sense of drama and exclusivity to any occasion, and is equipped with a dedicated suite of banquet furniture, integrated AV and catering facilities.

  • Grand entry via sweeping marble staircase
  • Separate lift entrance
  • Natural light
  • Fully integrated audio-visual and event lighting
  • Adjacent to La Trobe Reading Room (the Dome)


290 Banquet

500 Cocktail

200 Theatre

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