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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+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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Wonderful Exhibition Buiding

The architecture of the Royal Exhibition Building is superb and the history of the building is very interesting with photos. Set in lovely gardens with fountains.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture of the Royal Exhibition Building is superb and the history of the building is very interesting with photos. Set in lovely gardens with fountains.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

very pretty building - don't forget to look up at the ceiling! it's nicely decorated :) we went here for the Melbourne Tattoo Convention, and it was a great place to have it because its so big and spacious. It was a bit chilly in there, but apart from that it was nice!

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A magnificent building which has been restored almost to its' former glory. You can only visit the building on a guided tour (except if you are attending an exhibition). Guide we had gave misleading and incorrect information on several fronts. Didn't seem to have much enthusiasm or passion for the building, which was a shame.

Thank Rob L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A grand old building in Carlton Gardens with a World Heritage listing that was completed in 1880. Used throughout the year for a variety of exhibitions and public events its well worth attending at least one to view the impressive inside of the building. The ceiling has great paintings that are impressive.

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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were walking in the beautiful Carlton Gardens when we came on the Royal Exhibition Building and were impressed with its elegance. It was built in the late 1800's to house Melbourne's International Exhibition. Now it's been refurbished and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed building. Another star in this city's crown.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The interior of this building is absolutely breathtaking & awe inspiring! In fact I have been so consumed by how beautiful it is during the last couple of exhibitions that I went to here, that I hardly took any notice of the exhibitors. If you appreciate good architecture, beautiful colours & stunning images, you too will love it. Every Melbournian... More 

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melbourne VIC
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gardens are lovely in autumn. Ethnographic Museum, IMAX (always much more breezy with absolute audio-visual presentation thn ny). If inclined, phone pictures will do the creative trick...

Thank hocestbellum
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a nice historical building combined with a beautiful piece of nature which includes, tree lined pathways, ducks, ponds, grassy land for a relaxing time in the midst of the city. My little daughter loved her first visit chasing the ducks

Thank Mish786
Garden Grove, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really wanted to get in! The website said there was a tour most days or that you could get in during a show. We were too late for the flower show and the day there was nothing scheduled did not offer a tour as we thought it would. We might have been able to get in during the tattoo... More 

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Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

I have visited this building many times over many years. It still astounds me that such a beautiful building exists. Well worth a visit or just to view from outside. The Carlton Gardens are very nice and and enjoyable walk through them can add to the many garden experiences available in Melbourne. Whilst there a trip to the Melbourne Museum... More 

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