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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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Beautiful building

I attended for the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular. It was very well organised in this fantastic space. The building is as beautiful as a cathedral. Take time to enjoy the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I attended for the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular. It was very well organised in this fantastic space. The building is as beautiful as a cathedral. Take time to enjoy the spacious, gorgeous interior. It has great facilities and is easy to reach. It would be nice to visit when nothing is on as it is an awe-inspiring place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Location: Just beside Melbourne Musuem and I took Tram 96 there. There are various other trams that will bring you there too. This exhibition building is only open for the daily guided tour which costs AUD 10/pax (only for the tour). It is at 2pm and it is subjected to availability. It will also be open if there are ongoing... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This exhibition building is so Majestic and very beautiful. Located at Carlton Garden which is the another attraction and looks very beautiful during sunset.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I walked through the park to the south of the building on the way to the Melbourne museum. I never went inside unfortunately it seems to be a great venue for all sorts of popular events. I the sunlight it was enough to just appreciate the classical architecture and presence of the building as you walk about in the parks.

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Shepparton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Had lunch at the cafe upstairs when I visited the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show. Very beautiful old building, go and visit after going to the Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Thank you to the heritage society for preserving such iconic buildings in Melbourne! The architecture is a delight, completed by the magnificent gardens! I was so proud to read that it accommodated some 8000 people at one stage! What would Melbourne be without all these handsome old buildings with so much details, individuality, .... taste!

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NSW Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Fantastic that this stunning space is used, loved and continues to bring enjoyment to the general populace.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

My garden group from Brisbane came here for the Flower Exhibition on 26th March. The grounds and building itself had many of us amazed at it's beauty. The ceiling artistry is remarkable. A beautiful setting to display fantastic floral arrangements and landscape garden entries. Wonderful experience.

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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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