Cowen Gallery

Hold your next special function in the Cowen Gallery and be surrounded by masterpieces of Australian art. Included are works by Frederick McCubbin and Eugene Von Guerard, William Strutt's Black Thursday 1851 and The Marco Polo by Thomas Robertson.

This stunning 19th-century heritage gallery creates an atmosphere of prestige, refinement and exclusiveness. Conveniently located in the Melbourne CBD, this grand space is an impressive venue for a private function, social event, large cocktail party, banquet, lecture, launch, wedding reception or sit-down function.

Why not consider starting your event with pre-dinner drinks in the spectacular domed La Trobe Reading Room?

Our venue hire team would be delighted to help you host the perfect function, including assistance with catering and staging. See our venue hire services page for more information.

Unique event experiences

Give your guests a better understanding of some of the Library's important artworks by arranging a curator's talk in the Cowen Gallery, or create a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography.

More information

You can inquire online or contact our venue hire team at or on 03 8664 7291. For inquiries about holding your wedding or hen’s event at the Library, contact our expert wedding coordinators at or on 03 8664 7293.