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Cowen Gallery

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328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Availability – from 6pm Friday – Sunday, from 9pm Monday – Thursday, prior to 10am daily

This spectacular 19th-century gallery creates an atmosphere of prestige, refinement and exclusivity. Dine amongst eclectic artworks from the Library’s Pictures Collection in this original gallery space. The Cowen Gallery is a centre point in the Library, a long room that interconnects the library’s many spaces through to the Russel Street entrance.

Once host to the National Gallery of Victoria, the gallery has undergone many changes in its life, yet still exudes significant historic charm. Perfect for long tables to line the room, with its high ceilings above and dark original floorboards underfoot. This space offers guests a classic environment for elegant dining or cocktail soirees.

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





  • Exclusivity

  • Landscape collection featuring iconic works

  • 19th century heritage interior with large flexible floor space

  • 6.4m high ceilings

  • Parquetry floor

  • Proximito

  • 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


    “The waitstaff were brilliant, very polite, happy and helpful. Hopefully we can do this again next year.”



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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