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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 1 week ago via mobile

The building is impressive and if you enjoy history it is a must do location. It did have some graffiti that appeared to have been painted over recently. Can't believe someone would spray such a wonderful old place, but Melbourne seems loaded with graffiti, at...More

Thank ilsete
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibition of Classic and Vintage cars was the most wonderful experience for anyone interested in cars and motor bikes. There were more than 50 Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghini's, classic cars from to 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

Thank GrahamJubb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed that it doesn't seem to be open except for the 2pm tour. Went there twice to have a look and couldn't get in. Situated in Carlton Gardens the building is imposing and in a fantastic location.

Thank Russell C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Royal Exhibition Building a few times for various shows such as the Motorclassica and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Each time I go I spend nearly as much time admiring the building as I do the show that...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With its small lakes and beautifully kept gardens, this is a real haven to come to during the day for a peaceful break in the city.

Thank intrepid_pixie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The History of this place is amazing, the architecture and the feel of the buildings are fantastic and all within a easy walk of Melbourne City. Well worth the visit

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful and elegant building! Gosh, Melbourne has some really lovely old buildings. I guess that's what happens when you have lots of $$ courtesy of a goldrush! This building in the grand style, complete with cupola, is made of wood. Do go inside...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

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 13 October 2017

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 8 October 2017

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
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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.