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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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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

First the downside. I did a complete lap of this building before coming across a sign that said to enquire at the museum about tours. There was no indication of how often the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Australind, Western Australia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First the downside. I did a complete lap of this building before coming across a sign that said to enquire at the museum about tours. There was no indication of how often the tours ran but I was fortunate that I only had to wait half an hour for the 2 pm tour. Access to the building is by guided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the world's oldest and largest exhibition building, located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the Melbourne Museum. It is conveniently located, adjoining Melbourne’s CBD, and is a short walk from Parliament Train Station and can just take the 86 and 96 tram lines. This building is listed under the World Heritage and is worth to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A UNESCO site, but poor information sharing to visitors. I had wanted to explore the building, only available by joining the tour. But there was no way to know the time of the tour or if there was any tour except to call in the morning. What a hassle. And no I did not get to explore the place because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go every year to the Motorclassica car show here which goes hand in hand with this great gem of Melbourne. The character of this building helps to set the mood for this classic car show. Regardless of what is on I always enjoy walking this great building.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I spent an inordinate amount of time reading about this building on the internet before my visit and it made it so much easier to appreciate when you know the back story. What a spectacular building, not diminished at all by the passing of the years, a credit to those who look after it because they do such a good... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is already a grand building seen from the outside, a relic in its current garden setting. But take the tour and go inside and you can appreciate its Australian elements: in the art and design, the use of wood, and in its history. First its original purpose as a temple to industry and invention; then as the site of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I rarely visit the inner suburbs now that I'm in my twilight years. My daughter bought me a ticket to the Melbourne Flower Show held at this exquisite building, and drove me into Carlton. I transformed into the precocious five year old riding my tricycle around the intricately carved fountain! It was my backyard for the first ten years of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The Royal Exhibition building stands graciously surrounded by an old fashioned park and fountains. Over the recent years the building has been gradually restored to its original colourful state and the work is ongoing. The inside space is delightful, and often livened up with some kind of trade show, which adds to the fun of the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

As we were staying quite near the Royal Exhibition Building, we went to the park for jogs in the morning and enjoy the serenity environment and admired the beautiful building. It is just in front of the Melbourne Museum too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

a most beautiful grand building - architecturally preserved. Visited when an exhibition was taking place so unable to do the tour - definately on my list for next visit.

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