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Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8341 7777
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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
+61 3 8341 7777
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Melbourne’s very much ‘self proclaimed’ and ‘self promoted’ annual Motorclassica car show continues in its attempts to present itself as a world class classic car event, but sadly it fails totally in almost every respect. It’s at best a low standard European Car Show. The...More

Thank ParisAustralia
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the gardens just on sunset. With the building and fountain lit up, they make an impressive sight against the darkening sky in the blue hour. It would have been a great photo opportunity if I had my tripod with me.

Thank Ace_Traveller_NZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an iconic building which sadly is now not utilized as much as it might be located in the Carlton Gardens. It is impressive outside as well as in but it is not open to the public unless there is an event.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great side trip from neighbouring museum. Wonderful historic architecture in top city central gardens. Good signs explaining history. Shady spots to relax. Short walk from Lygon St bars and restaurants.

Thank ShaneABurke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After hiking 10mins across the beautiful garden n going round the structure to look for the entrance (it’s the side facing the Melbourne museum)...only to come to a stop in front of a plastic barrier that showed the empty hall of the exhibition center...so disappointed....More

Thank AAdrive
Reviewed 15 September 2017

One of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, building is beautiful both inside and outside This place hold all kinds and all type of events and shows from the past till present. Is a fabulous architecture with great historic building unfortunately I do not have...More

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 13 September 2017

It's really a memorial to those who worked so hard to build it. This building is a joy to look at. Must have been wonderful when new. Would have loved to have seen inside but as only a short stay in Melbourne no time.

Thank Pavonine
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Book a tour through the Melbourne Museum and you will be able to explore this historic building. It has been restored to its 1901 paint colours. This is where the six states of Australia federated in 1901. It is a lovely building.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 6 September 2017

such a gorgeous building with lovely windows, domes and detailed and beautiful paintings on the wall. So lovely having this grand old lady accessible to so many and to be used for so many events.

Thank lynecancook
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I was there for an exhibition and the interior is simply gorgeous. I had forgotten how magnificient the building was. Surrounded by stunning gardens, you don't need to go inside. Take a picnic, sit out the front and just absorb how stunning it is.

Thank Jacinta2909
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Barbara H
20 March 2017|
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...
1 February 2016|
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Response from PeterLangston | Reviewed this property |
Best bet would be to contact the Melbourne Museum on 131102 for information.