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Address: Carlton Gardens | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+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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Always lovely, especially in autumn...

Gardens are lovely in autumn. Ethnographic Museum, IMAX (always much more breezy with absolute audio-visual presentation thn ny). If inclined, phone pictures will do the creative... read more

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Gardens are lovely in autumn. Ethnographic Museum, IMAX (always much more breezy with absolute audio-visual presentation thn ny). If inclined, phone pictures will do the creative trick...

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Melbourne, Australia
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Its a nice historical building combined with a beautiful piece of nature which includes, tree lined pathways, ducks, ponds, grassy land for a relaxing time in the midst of the city. My little daughter loved her first visit chasing the ducks

Thank Mish786
Garden Grove, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really wanted to get in! The website said there was a tour most days or that you could get in during a show. We were too late for the flower show and the day there was nothing scheduled did not offer a tour as we thought it would. We might have been able to get in during the tattoo... More 

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Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this building many times over many years. It still astounds me that such a beautiful building exists. Well worth a visit or just to view from outside. The Carlton Gardens are very nice and and enjoyable walk through them can add to the many garden experiences available in Melbourne. Whilst there a trip to the Melbourne Museum... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was so good to wander through, especially as the Flower Show was on while we were there. A truly spectacular building.

Thank Deirdre L
Wolfville, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Royal Exhibition Building is an architectural delight with a lovely garden. The fountain is worth seeing, and the building is very close to the highly modern Melbourne Museum, so make it a point to visit this gorgeous structure.

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Port Macquarie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow Melbourne is jam packed with fabulous old buildings. An architects delight. The ceiling is so high and do beautiful. The International flower show is here each year, great flowers but the building was amazing too. Gardens are designed to look good in all seasons.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive big view Victorian building. When we visited it was being used as the entrance to a flower show so no access to public. Not sure if this is always the case. Shame if it is. Next to Melbourne museum anyway if visiting that anyway.

Thank Wee_Annie_T
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently went to the Royal Exhibition Building as we visited for the Melbourne Garden show, very beautiful building, was gorgeous.

Thank Tess H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful building! Well worth viewing. We went for the Garden exhibition but came away thinking the gem was the building it was in..

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