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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 yesterday

We just saw the outside of the building during a walking tour of Melbourne. It is a very beautiful building with an interesting history. Worth a look

Thank chasetravelers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended the REB as part of the Finders Keepers market recently. This was also a place I sat my exams for uni. The building is architecturally stunning, but what interests me most is its interior, and the paintings on the walls, as well as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing architecture that makes a perfect spot for photos. Best time to visit is when all the trees are blossoming.

Thank Millieb5
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Reviewed 1 week ago

pleasant gardens to walk through during the day. The building its self is quiet big and holds various events throughout the year.

Thank dimnjp
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dog Lovers Show is held here each year and the venue is perfect for it! the lower level has commercial stalls while the upper level has the breed stalls -- all have access to refreshments and toilets, amidst the fabulous wall paintings and history of...More

Thank MarionSpinner
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

I have been to countless expos at this venue and they are always fantastic. Absolutely seamless in set up. The building it's self is stunning and a beautiful landmark. The gardens surrounding areas lovely to stroll through too

Thank Alice R
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I've been to varied functions at the Exhibition Buildings. It's a stunning building with a nice garden out the front. Many people take their wedding photos here. Nice spot to have a picnic on the lawns or just sit and enjoy the surrounds.

Thank Kerryn72
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Royal exhibition building was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. It became first building in Australia included in UNESCO World Heritage list. The Royal Exhibition Building was designed by the architect Joseph Reed, who also designed the Melbourne Town Hall and finished...More

Thank VadimM67
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

This building was built in the year 1880. Looks incredible outside especially with the fountain out the front, wasn't able to do the tour because there was something on. Just wish they cleaned up the area outside and got rid of the crates and forklifts...More

Thank Samantha F
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We were staying at a hotel across from the Exhibition gardens and after having breakfast we took our exchange daughter through the Gardens. It was a beautiful autumn morning and the fountain was going (it is not always on during the week). There was a...More

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Tina T
12 February 2018|
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Response from lynecancook | Reviewed this property |
Hi I would check as they do hire this out for day time events which run for 2 to 3 days at a time. Lyne
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Barbara H
20 March 2017|
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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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