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Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Carlton)
+61 3 8341 7777
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Ranked #42 of 207 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Exhibition Building's architecture and murals were better than the art show. Worth taking a tour and visiting the museum and Imax theatre next door.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This showy building was constructed for a nineteenth-century exhibition, and it still functions pretty well for trade shows and other exhibitions open to the public. It's not a sublimely beautiful building, but a handsome, functional one that I'm glad has been preserved, especially as it has been the venue for some important historic events. A guided tour is worthwhile, and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have been to the Carlton Gardens which surround the Royal Exhibition Building countless times and I believe this area of Melbourne is one of the finest. The beauty of the architecture is complimented by the stunning gardens, complete with shaded walkways and plenty of lawn to sit on and watch the world go by. A visit to Melbourne is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I didn't go inside because of some University examinations. But we were able to walk around this world heritage site and it is gorgeous.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The building is spectacular and even in winter the gardens are worth a visit, located right next to the Melbourne Museum and Imax theatre, there's something for everyone!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The oldest remaining exhibition hall in the world. Built for the Centennial Exhibition in 1888, and later used as state parliament. Along with the surrounding Carlton Gardens this has rightfully been given world heritage status. The ceiling inside is a wonderful display of Victorian engineering and optimism. Fantastic paintings adorn the ceiling and have been immaculately restored. Today this is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We always take our visitors here. It is a beautiful building. The first building in Australia to gain World Heritage status it was originally built for the exhibition but the first sitting of the Federal parliament was held here. For a small charge you can book a tour but only when the building is empty which isn't very often. It... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Such a beautiful garden at the edge of city. Very historian architect. And it's just next to the museum. Very easily accessible by public transport.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This beautiful building was originally built for the Exhibition in 1880, which is quite amazing considering Melbourne was still a very young city. The surrounding parks and gardens are also stunning and truly worth your time to wander around and soak up the beauty. The external period architecture is lovely, but it is the inside that I love best. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is an amazing building with a fantastic history-it has been a hospital, Parliament and is one of the first buildings on Australia on the World heritage Listings register. It is a shame that it does not have many exhibitions any more and is vacant a lot of the time as the Melbourne Exhibition seems to have taken over. The... More

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