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Visitor Centre:
Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue,
Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10

P.O.Box 60, Highpoint City
Victoria, Australia, 3032.
Tel 0419 154 265
+61 3 9318 3544

Fax +61 3 9318 1039

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Talks and tours available by appointment.

Facilities and Venue hire

The Living Museum offices, Visitor Centre, Resource Centre, Library and Bookshop are located in the Bluestone Buildings on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in Pipemakers Park.

To enquire about using the Bluestone Buildings or Visitor Centre for community events, functions, exhibitions or projects please contact Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West to discuss your proposal and make an appointment to see the buildings and our other facilities.

On the Maribyrnong River

Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong, is a Parks Victoria Park.

The site that today comprises Pipemakers Park is of very considerable significance in the industrial history of Australia.

From its use as Raleigh's boiling-down works in Victoria’s early pastoral days, to its association with the makers of Australia’s first steam locomotive, its contribution to the world’s export meat trade as Australia’s leading meat cannery for a decade and as Australia’s first frozen meat export works, and its role as the principal Australian factory of the Hume firm which pioneered, and exported, the invention of centrifugally-spun steel-reinforced concrete pipes.

Today the buildings in Pipemaker’s Park include the restored historic Bluestone buildings, Humes Top Factory as well as the History of the Land Gardens.

These facilities are available to hire for community and private events, functions, exhibitions and other projects.

Facilities in the Park

Pipemakers Park includes on site parking for up to 100 vehicles with security gates in and out of the park, several wetlands, walking trails and bbq facilities. Mooring jetty at the River, local river tours can be organised via Maribyrnong River Cruises.

The Living Museum Visitor Centre

Facilities include: kitchen, data presentation and film projection equipment and screen, projects office space, meeting rooms, printing, photocopying and wireless internet, computers, audio recording and video equipment. Living Museum Resource Centre, bookshop, library, photographic and oral history archives, publication archives including reports, heritage studies, historic maps and other documents.

Event and function equipment

Event and function equipment include seating and tables
for more than 100 guests, portable PA and sound system, The Bluestone building includes over 670 sqm exhibition and performance space (over 2 levels) with three phase power and secure storage.


April 2013

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Facilities and Visitor Centre

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Upper level bluestone building



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Lower level bluestone building