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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

well worth a walk to view this beautiful old building. stunning architecture inside & out. free to go inside & take pictures, a nice piece of Melbourne history.

Thank Nadia M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Melbourne was one of the boom cities of the Victorian era, its wealth based on Victoria's prolific goldfields. One of the city's glories is the Royal Exhibition Building, built to display the colony's wealth. It was also the site of the first meeting of Federal...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely old building doesn't have all the modern trimmings but lovely sometimes have great caterers in there .parking around here is scarce

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there for an expo, the expo was good and I enjoyed it. However what really captured my eye was the architecture of this beautiful building. what a beautifully preserved piece of history. Easy to get to by car or public transport and located...More

Thank luke m
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really wanted to see the Royal Exhibition Building. Signage was very poor, we stood in the foyer for a while and looked at the amazing building, read the board shoved in the corner. We then wanted to go further into the building, but were...More

Thank wandawoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Royal Exhibition building is a wonderful frame for the various events that take place there. Worth going in to see if you’re nearby. The surrounding gardens are a welcome green oasis. If you’re a family with children, the the museum next door is probably...More

Thank Thomas N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being the only world heritage place in Melbourne, I had to go to visit but it somehow disappointed me since I could not enter the building. The outside, however, was really beautiful... the gardens, the façade, the fountains... Also, it was interesting because we combined...More

Thank Aleph_999
Reviewed 12 November 2017 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 10 November 2017

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 7 November 2017

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
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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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Response from PeterLangston | Reviewed this property |
Best bet would be to contact the Melbourne Museum on 131102 for information.
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