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Royal Exhibition Building

Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Carlton)
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777
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Ranked #54 of 481 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest remaining...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Los Altos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

For some reason we didn't think to visit here until our walking tour passed it, and it is quite an impressive facade and building - a good photo opportunity with the fountain. In the neighbouring Carlton Gardens you might even catch a glimpse of a possum (illegally) sleeping in a tree...

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Kettering, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

One of the truly grand buildings in Melbourne, We visited to attend "Motorclassica 2014" (which is by far the best motor vehicle enthusiasts show in Australia). The architecture is amazing and the grounds are sensational. Next time we will definitely do a tour to appreciate this grand building in its own right.

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