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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

Want to have a look at a piece of history right near downtown Melbourne... then look no further than the Carlton Exhibition Building..... An architectural delight... the details in the ceiling and the paint work is just amazing. Right down to the beautiful wooden floors.......More

Thank Prinnie62
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Exhibition Building in Nicholson Street, Carlton on the edge of Melbourne's CBD is one of the world's great architectural beauties having been awarded the "UNESCO World Heritage" status in 2004. The REB's construction was completed (built by David Mitchell, Dame Nellie Melba's father...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building and its surrounding gardens make for a lovely view and photos when visiting Melbourne, and the inside of the building is also nice and open floor space.

1  Thank Mel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Actually, it is a beautiful garden with elegant architecture, showing rich heritage from Britain. However, I rated the Royal Exhibition Building one-star because I would not classify here as a tourist attraction. This building is meant for locals participating in expos, so neither is the...More

Thank Austin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just outside the city is this amazing old building. Every time I drive past it, I have to slow down or stop and gaze. It is relaxing. Magnificent. Take a picnic and book and enjoy!

Thank jeaniesnow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a superb day. The food! The Wine! The shows! All wonderfully Italian. Far too many tasty authentic foods to mention. The Negronis to die for. Put me down again for next year.

Thank Fay W
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The Royal Exhibition Hall is part of Carlton Garden. The tree-lined path to the Hall makes for a stunning approach and beautifully frames this mostly beaux arts building. We visited in April which is fall and enjoyed the changing leaf colors.

Thank globetrekkerphx
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Of all the many times we have been to Melbourne, we have never been to this venue. This time we attended the Dog Lovers Show which was great but what was even better was the venue. Such a beautiful venue and so easily located close...More

Thank Leesa F
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Within the sprawling Carlton Gardens grounds, this magnificent building was completed in 1880 to house the World Fair. The building's dome was modelled after Florence Cathedral's dome and the Grand Fountain outside, designed by Hochgurtel. The complex also has wonderful gardens, Melbourne Museum on site,...More

Thank AMsays
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I went to the Melbourne Flowers and Garden show to REB at twilight (my second) and had a ball. The actual Carlton garden alone is already a treat, however the additional show displays made it even more stunning. Inside this heritage building, is a profusion...More

Thank Lydia F
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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.