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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777
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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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Royal Exhibition Building

Beautiful building worth a visit but a must is the Melbourne Flower Show. We have been twice and would definitely visit again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building worth a visit but a must is the Melbourne Flower Show. We have been twice and would definitely visit again.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful building is a must see. It gives a glimpse of good times in days gone by when gold was plentiful

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Thank Jill C
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful architecture of the beautiful building. Nice gardens surrounding but make sure you go inside to get a full appreciation. The tour will fill you in on the history.

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Tamworth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Completed in 1880 for the first Melbourne International Exhibition, it was designed by Joseph Reed, the same architect who designed Melbourne Town Hall and the State Library of Victoria. It's large dome was modelled on the Florence Cathedral and the extragance of the design reflected the money which had flooded Victoria following the gold rush. It was used for several... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ran out of time to actually go into this building, I spent the better part of an hour photographing this amazing fountain. Take the time to really enjoy & appreciate the art of this structure - the different cherubs & animals that make this so special - particularly their facial expressions!!

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Thank Mike P
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing building is well worth the walk or tram ride to see. The gardens around are simple but lovely and they set off the majesty of the building. Inside is glorious. Take a picnic and sit in the gardens and breathe in the beauty of the building. It's become my second favourite spot in Melbourne. Easy to access on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful building and garden surrounds. A little dark for some exhibitions and more toilets would be welcome. It would be nice to have some light food (salad, sushi) on offer. Worth viewing the outside architecture and inside decoration.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very close to the city and a great place to walk thru on a sunny day,a short walk to Lygon st for various restruants

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Bandung, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is in the area of Western Australia Museum, the building is really beautiful since when I visited this in autumn, many leaves fall on the ground. To get there, you can take old city tram for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful building of great significance to our city and the nation. The first sitting of Federal parliament took place here in 1901 (I wonder if they all behaved better back then?) Have been here for exhibitions tours and also exams. Well worth a visit...except for an exam!

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