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“If it is open, grab a chance to see this world heritage icon.”

Royal Exhibition Building
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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.
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We have passed the building often and even danced a very hot night away many years ago in our kilts at a charity ball. We have even listened in awe to Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand performed there.
This year we passed by through the lovely gardens and noticed it was open for a craft and design sale. Entry was free and the design of the items for sale, mostly made in Australia, was excellent. However, the greatest design of all was the historic building itself.
Do as we did - walk inside and gape at the ceiling, the iron work, the colours, the architecture. It is stunning. If you get the chance, climb the stairs to the first level gallery and take it all in.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

This building was built in the late 19th century for the World Expo. The architecture on the exterior is beautiful and the garden surrounding it complement the beauty. I got the chance to enter the building as a designer sale was held in the building at that time. The architecture of the interior does not compare with the exterior. I was surprised and expected more than that.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Although this building looks very interesting from the outside nothing prepares you for the huge space that greets you once you are inside. Normally you can book for a five dollar 02.00pm tour of 45 minutes but on our only free time to visit, the tour was reduced to 30 minutes as the building was being used for examinations. Therefore we were greeted with what seemed acres of numbered desks. We were amused by the fact that the huge temporary clock installed for the examinees was powered by one AA battery and hope it is changed daily so that it does not slow down. Quite fascinating, and we understand the building has been used as an examination centre for many years. The tour was guided and took us up to the first floor for superb views of the architecture,elaborate decoration and beautiful windows. There are detailed information boards. The word awesome can truly be used on the sheer scale of the enterprise and looking at pictures on the internet varied uses include car shows and fairs. There are parallels to the old Crystal Palace building in London and this is one of the very few remaining Great Exhibition type buildings left in the World. Booking is via the adjacent Melbourne amusement and it is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Everytime I pass or attend an exhibtion at this building, I have to photograph it. The architecture is just striking. It is beautifully decorated on the inside. A great space to hold events that are looking for an extra WOW factor. I haven't been on a tour ( which i must do one day), but have attended trade functions here many times. A must see if you are visiting Melbourne.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Great 45 minute tour of an impressive structure built in 1880. Finding the location to purchase tickets was difficult. We walked around the large building twice trying to find the entrance; turns out you purchase tickets at the Melbourne Museum which is across the walkway. Tours depart at 2 p.m. Matthew did a great job explaining the history of the building and the architecture and drawings. Definitely recommend the tour.

TIP: Purchase your tickets at the Melbourne Museum.

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