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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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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

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Melbourne's delightful old jewel

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Nullagine, Australia
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Nullagine, Australia
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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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Perth, Australia
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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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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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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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