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Art Deco Dream Land!

OMG, walking through the arcades in this building is like entering a time warp, magnificently... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Daylan78
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Melbourne, Australia
Art Deco Beauty

I had a bit of a wander and found so many interesting features. I am amazed that they have stood... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
platypus150
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne’s iconic Manchester Unity Building represents a rare blend of art, science, culture and commerce. As a magnificent structure, as a monument to human endeavour and as a hub of personal interaction, it has a special place in the history of...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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220 Collins St | Corner Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 4 days ago

OMG, walking through the arcades in this building is like entering a time warp, magnificently preserved Art Deco fixtures and features which will impress even the dullest of dullards. After accidentally discovering this place I am now a regular as my fave café Switchboard is...More

Thank Daylan78
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had a bit of a wander and found so many interesting features. I am amazed that they have stood the test of time and misguided renovators. The amount of detail is incredible. I especially liked the lift lobby and ground floor arcade. The escalator...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

We were given this tour as a Christmas Present - it was wonderful. I like a lot of people have walked passed the building for many years not knowing its history.. The staff at 1932 Cafe & Restaurant were very helpful & attentive to our...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

I only saw this building for the outside but it was stunning. I would have liked to enter the building but I was short of time. I believe you can tour this building at certain times

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Visited on Thursday 22nd February. It is great to see this Art Deco building still surviving and not replaced with a glass/steel structure as has happened elsewhere in the CBD.

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Firstly, the passion of Dr Kia Pajouhesh shows through the restoration of this Grand Building, he is really to be commended. The tour took us into a few places, perhaps more would have been better but it is a functioning workplace. The boardroom and the...More

Thank ironian
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Going inside the Manchester Unity building was such s highlight . I took my partner for his Christmas present as he is very interested in building and architecture . The tour itself did not disappoint . Engaging and informative , so lovely to see a...More

2  Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 22 January 2018

What a remarkable mixture of history, art, religion and architecture. Make sure you visit this place but go on a day when the cafe is open. I visited on Sunday and the titbits that one could experience has just whetted my appetite. Even better -...More

Thank Andre L
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The detail and beauty of this building doesn't exist any more. I love the character of these old style buildings. Not much else otherwise.

Thank Jon Y
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The Manchester Unity Building is one of many beautiful old buildings and this one sits opposite the Town Hall on the corner of Swanston and Collins. Take a walk inside and view the old elevators and some old shops but sadly some of the area...More

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