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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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Gardens well kept, perfect place to relax

I am lucky enough to work across the road from this amazing building and garden, and hence visit it frequently. I love the seaonal colour changes of the deciduous trees and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am lucky enough to work across the road from this amazing building and garden, and hence visit it frequently. I love the seaonal colour changes of the deciduous trees and the upkeep on the gardeners, providing seasonal interest. The building itself is versatile having been to a number of events, from design shows to artesian markets. Must see, even... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those interested in large public buildings built in the second half of the 19th century this building is a must. I tried to see the inside in March 2016 only to find there was an exhibition on and no public admittance. This time I checked the website in late January and noted there was no current exhibitions. On turning... More 

Thank FreddyII
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw the exterior of the building on feb 14 but the interior was closed and we could not get in. The grounds are beautiful with nice gardens and fountains. Next to Melbourne museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the building was closed, it was easy to appreciate that Melbourne was the richest city in the world in the 1800's and has built some magnificent buildings ever since, this being one. It sits right next to the IMAX theatre and Melbourne museum close to city trams and buses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building was built with such love and passion and it exudes that old world feel which is part of Melbourne. Lots of exhibitions and events throughout the year and huge spaces inside which mean you can see what you need to without too many crowds.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't go inside the building this time but just wandered around the gardens which are so pretty.We had picnic in the gardens which surround the building, there are plenty of grassy shady places to relax. The outside of the Exhibition Building is very beautiful with the view of the fountain gardens and ponds. My grandson enjoyed watching the ducks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Tours are offered on most days at 2PM. You can get your tickets at the Melbourne Museum. Our tour lasted a little over 45 minutes. The building was totally empty when we visited (no shows going on). We learned the history of this World Heritage building and were able to walk throughout the building. Good photos both inside and out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We wandered through the gardens on a very hot day. The architecture is striking, and the grounds were filled with picnickers and readers trying to beat the heat. A lovely refuge in the middle of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Lovely gardens with fountain and pond, excellent spot to sit and have some lunch, great place to host white nights too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Take a picnic to the grounds of the building and take in the views. The outside is so beautiful with the fountain and ponds etc! Such a relaxing place. I haven't been inside but I would love to. This is a stop on the free walking tour where you will learn a bit more about the history.

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