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

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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Impressive old building

I have done the internal tour with an excellent lady guide! Very nice building with a lot of history!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have done the internal tour with an excellent lady guide! Very nice building with a lot of history!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is one of the attractions on the city circle tram and very good place to click some nice pictures. I got down from the tram and it was a very good walk towards the building but once I reached near only then I realized it was closed. But I could see lot of families with children playing in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Built for amWorld Exposition in the mid-19th century to celebrate Australia's gold rush, the Royal Exhibition building is a fine example of Victorian Architecture and hardens back to a more genteel age. You can get a tour of the building for $10 by buying a ticket at the Melbourne Museum, situated just behind the Exhibition building or just walk around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a beautiful building in which to host an event. Lovely location and an amazing building. Having the park at the doorstep made for a wonderful experience.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to take beautiful photos on a sunny day:) Also the Carlton Gardens is in the heart of the city, so you could come for a short stroll if you wanted a break from the bustle and hustle of the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely loved the grounds around the park. Inside there isn't much to see if there's not a big visit on. But, the structure is amazing- apparently it's where many university students have to come to sit exams and so may not be their favourite spot if they didn't get a decent grade!

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i got to know more about the building, its history and how it came to be but didnt enter it but definetly worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful building with take your breath away, many different events take place here so be sure to visit. I don't care what the event is I just adore the building and its history it is so elegant and classy

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved all the exhibits. Staff were quite helpful. Perhaps a few more external sign posts to guide interstate tourists to the main door.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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