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The Mission to Seafarers has operated from its heritage-listed building at Flinders Street since 1917. Australia relies on shipping and seafarers to connect to the world and to bring goods to our homes for the economy to thrive, and for the health of our island nation. The Mission to Seafarers provides welfare services to support the tireless work, isolation and hardships faced by those seafarers
The building is architecturally significant and is considered a fine urban example of a merging of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ and ‘Spanish Mission Revival’ architectural styles in Melbourne.
The enchanting design offers a unique venue for functions and events of all styles and sizes; with full bar facilities, a commercial kitchen, and all within a short stroll from the CBD and easily accessible by public transport.
The Celia Little Room is ideal for seated dining events, cocktail soirees and theatrical performances, and also offers boardroom facilities. The room opens up onto a Spanish-style historic courtyard for guests to enjoy as either an extension to the function room, or for drinks and alfresco dining.
Sun bathed and full of rustic charm, the Courtyard has played host to an array of live music events and celebrations and is perfect for stylish BBQ functions, casual drinks or as an addition to any event in The Chapel. There is also a tranquil cottage garden with a lush lawn, small stage and well-established plants to add to this beautiful outdoor venue.
The Norla Dome is a feature of the heritage-listed building and offers a unique space for exhibitions, thetrae and live music performances, public events, sit down dinners and cocktail parties.
Open daily to the public, visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided tour through the building’s collection of stories of Melbourne’s maritime history, and to explore the Norla Dome, learn the history of the Chapel, peak inside long-lost nooks and discover the hidden garden and courtyard.