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Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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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Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I were walking on our way to the Melbourne Museum and were able to go inside the Exhibition building (the military was holding an expo). The combination of the structure and decoration were beautiful and would provide an inspiring backdrop to any...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We attended the “Bo Ho Luxe Market “ at the Royal Exhibition Building. This was a great market , huge variety of stalls with everything from , clothing, jewellery, artwork, homewares and plants. There was also a wonderful selection of food vans. We had a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My experience will be outside instead of inside the building. I love to come to this area because it is so peaceful and always nice to see the trees outside REB.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were fortunate that during our stay there was a major crafts emporium and the building was therefore easily accessible to the public. The painted interior is impressive, even if the specific event which we attended was of mixed quality.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting building situated in nice gardens. Didn't see inside, but had an interesting Hot Rod meet when we visited

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my absolute favourite buildings in Melbourne. Inside is an ornately decorated building. If you love old buildings holding history in its walls, this one is a must.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

These gardens are elegant and serene, providing an oasis of calm in the inner city of Melbourne. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is an actively used exhibition building, it's not a museum. architecture is very impressive and the surrounding garden areas are beautiful.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

A beautiful building and gardens. It would be helpful if it had some more information on the history of the building.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The architecture was remarkable. Well maintained. Gardens well maintained. Pity it was closed, but enjoyed it. Set in beautiful parklands.

Thank Sandra S
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Tina T
12 February 2018|
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Response from lynecancook | Reviewed this property |
Hi I would check as they do hire this out for day time events which run for 2 to 3 days at a time. Lyne
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Barbara H
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Response from Umma1709 | Reviewed this property |
I think you've asked this question in the wrong place. Try asking on Hotel Jen Penang. Sorry can't help you there, I thought this would be relating to the actual royal exhibition building...
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