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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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Stunning old building

A lovely piece of Victorian history maintained. Situated overlooking a beautiful park and adjacent to the Melbourne Museum, this is definitely worth a look

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely piece of Victorian history maintained. Situated overlooking a beautiful park and adjacent to the Melbourne Museum, this is definitely worth a look

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

love the garden show each year fansinating inspiring love my garden gives you great ideas and freshen up you own place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the most wonderful building to visit in Melbourne and it is also a vital part of the beginning of the Government of Australia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

if you are from OS and need a great place to venture the REB is a great place to visit with beautiful gardens and water features as well as an outstanding old building to visit, many shows,crafts,floral shows are held here tis a great place on a sunny day to relax

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautifully built and such grandure. The inside is immaculate in its details. One of the finest buildings in Melbourne

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

walking around the Royal exhibition buildings is a walk back in time. so much to see and take in, it's just beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful heritage site although from outsite, good landscape, nice for photography, side by side with Melbourne Museum,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful place to admire, such stunning architecture from a time gone by. take your time if you're at the museum or the gardens to have a good look at it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely building set in gorgeous gardens. We always take a walk through them when in Melbourne. The building can get very very hot inside it if it's a hot day. Visited for a Lego event & it was sweltering. Even the kids were complaining. Despite this it is a magnificent building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very lucky to close the REB and surrounding Carlton Gardens. This is well worth a visit by both locals and tourists, even in the middle of winter. It is close to the city and has a lot of history, being the seat of the first Australian Parliament. The building continues to be very actively used for exhibitions -... More 

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