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Royal Exhibition Building

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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777
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Description: The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining...
The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. On 1 July 2004, it became the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing. Located in Carlton Gardens, the pavilion was originally completed in 1880 for the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne. On May 1st, 1901, the initial Commonwealth Parliament was held here, an event commemorated in 2001, the centenary of Australian Federation. Today, with its meticulously restored interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall offers an impressive setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
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Amazing architechture, and lovely gardens but check the opening times before you go.

I lucked out here, unfortunately it wasn't open the time I went to go. So make sure you make the effort to go there. It's a short walk from the CBD, and a lovely walk through some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I lucked out here, unfortunately it wasn't open the time I went to go. So make sure you make the effort to go there. It's a short walk from the CBD, and a lovely walk through some more Melbourne Gardens. But do check before you go!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The Royal Exhibition Building was intended to be temporary -- and that was 100 years ago. It was a showpiece for the great exposition, when Melbourne was one of the great cities of the British Empire. It's still in use for a whole variety of events, from trade shows to graduation ceremonies. Like that other 'temporary' structure, the Eiffel Tower... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Unfortunately when we arrived the building was closed so we couldn't see the inside of it. Despite not being able to go in, the park in front of the building is quite calm with benches and grass which was nice to sit in. Looking inside of the building from the locked doors it looks pretty and we would have liked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a beautiful building constantly in use for exhibitions and also the Melbourne Flower Show in March The gardens are mature and beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This building is steeped in the History of Melbourne and Australia for this where Federation of this country was declared in 1901 and therefore the starting point of the Commonwealth of Australia the first sittings of Federal Parliament were held here prior to the opening of the Nations capital in Canberra.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

great public transport and lots of underground parking , plenty of rest rooms throughout the complex , easy access for all

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Very informative. Love looking at the history of the beautiful architecture, and timeless building in the heart of Melbourne. Even took my 5 year old daughter, who like the interactive screens in hte upper level. Love that it is free if you are a Museums Victoria Member.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Our most recent visit was last weekend for the Lego Brickvention, which is worth a separate review on it's own, however we were there for a University graduation ceremony in December and the flower and garden show earlier in the year. The building is magnificent, and it must have been quite a showpiece for Melbourne and indeed Australia when it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went to see Lego expo with an 8 year old girl and even she appreciated the beautiful architecture. The park area outside is nice too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This building was designed and built for an international exhibition and one of the only ones to survive from the 19th century. It was the site of our first national parliament. The main hall is unique architecture that may never be able to be copied. Make sure you go in and look up at the tall internal structure. This building... More 

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