Titanic High Tea at the Melbourne Museum

Photographer: Michelle Milton
Titanic High Tea - supplied photo
Titanic High Tea - supplied photo

Experience a taste of the Titanic through a unique High Tea at the Melbourne Museum.

You read that right, high tea at Melbourne Museum! When this invite came in no one was more surprised than me. I have spent a lot of time at the Museum over the years, and my previous experience (when my kids were little, they are now 15 and 18, so those days are over!) was to always pack our lunch and snacks. But fear not dear reader – this is not your average Museum experience, in fact we were transported to another realm… and we had no small children* (with us or within sight).

Until 21st of April 2024 Melbourne Museum is hosting Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition. During the exhibition season, visitors to the Museum can experience a taste of the Titanic through this unique Titanic High Tea.

Thanks to a stunning interior design make-over, the entrance area to the Titanic exhibition has been transformed into a tea room to rival a dining room on the Titanic. Michelin-trained Executive Chef Keith Higginson has been engaged to reimagine classic dishes that were served on the Titanic’s 1912 maiden voyage, using the finest local ingredients.

Executive Chef Keith Higginson - supplied photo
Executive Chef Keith Higginson – supplied photo

Our high tea was served with our choice of barista coffee or a selection of teas. And it’s worth noting that cocktails and champagne are available at an extra cost. You can choose between the regular menu and a vegetarian high tea.

Despite the lack of an obvious 5-star kitchen, the food was beyond expectations – the presentation was stunning and the taste and freshness did not disappoint. For me my personal favourites of the savoury items included the salmon tartlet and the chicken sandwich, I am still pondering on that chicken sandwich – it was a flavour revolution. And of the sweet selection the chocolate and clementine marmalade tea cake as well as the tarte au citron with fresh raspberries were standouts.

To top it off, the scones were traditional buttermilk scones (no special flavours or sultanas!) and they were some of the best I’ve had in Melbourne.

If you are looking for an afternoon to remember and need to spoil someone in your life, this high tea and exhibition experience are a wonderful way to spend a day out in town. The Museum has its own car park, or it’s an easy stroll to Nicholson Street trams or Parliament Station.


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Titanic High Tea
Titanic High Tea

Melbourne Museum, Titanic High Tea Menu:

  • Confit salmon tartlet, Sydney rock oyster emulsion, marigold df
  • Poached Australian king prawn, lemon, fresh herbs df, gf
  • Bouchée, sauteed wild mushrooms, Comté cheese cream in French puff v
  • Poached chicken sandwich, black truffle, chives, cucumber
  • Petit choux pastry bun, almond praline crème
  • Tarte au citron, fresh raspberries
  • Rose scented macaron gf
  • Chocolate and clementine marmalade tea cake
  • Buttermilk scones, forest berry preserve, clotted cream
  • Tea Selection English breakfast, Earl Grey, Japanese sencha, chamomile or
  • Single O Specialty Coffee Long black, cappuccino, caffè latte, flat white


*Worth noting, the tea rooms are set up only to serve high tea, and there is no kids menu offered.


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Melbourne Museum High Tea:

11 Nicholson Steet, Carlton, VIC 3053


Extended to Sunday 21 April 2024, 10.30am to 3pm


Dining $79
Dining + Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition entry $111.50

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson is the publisher of Meetoo - a website of personal recommendations about awesome activities for families with children aged 0-12 to do around Melbourne and beyond. Kate, along with her mini-reviewers, report back on current events, favourite venues and things that are fun - providing her readers with honest insights and loads of ideas about all the cool things happening in Melbourne for families.

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