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Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

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Royal Exhibition Building is an impressive Victorian structure that is a symbol of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1880, it was the first building in Australia to win Unesco World Heritage status. Step inside to see fine 19th-century wood- and paint-work. Australia’s first parliament met here in 1901. Now, the Renaissance-style dome and lush gardens host car shows, fairs, and live performances. Add Royal Exhibition Building to your Melbourne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Melbourne trip itinerary builder.
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  • We didn't go inside the building this time but just wandered around the gardens which are so pretty.We had picnic in the gardens which surround the building, there are plenty of grassy shady places to...  more »
  • Tours are offered on most days at 2PM. You can get your tickets at the Melbourne Museum. Our tour lasted a little over 45 minutes. The building was totally empty when we visited (no shows going on). W...  more »
  • European-style architecture, is the place where very beautifully felt-Carlton was a walk in the Park have been seen passing by in the various exhibits inside the pecking in the garden in front of the fountains and the flowers look so beautiful was the peer where
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  • Looks good and is very suitable for large expos. Hated by all students as we use it as exam venue. The I ly thing you want to be going there for is IMAX behind it.
  • Very rich in architecture. A World class building. Hosts great events. Well maintained surroundings. Great World heritage building
  • Probably the most impressive historical building in Melbourne. Located next to the museum just North of central Melbourne and surrounded by gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building is a great spot to walk around and enjoy the sun. The building's interior is equally impressive and well worth a visit.
  • A beautiful building - that I suspect a lot of locals and visitors don't know much about. It's used for lots of exhibitions and fairs these days but, historically, it's important because it hosted international fairs in the 1880s and the opening of Federal Parliament in 1901. The best way to see it is with a guided tour (it's the only way unless there's a show on there) and it's well worth the effort. They leave from the Melbourne Museum at about 2pm most days but you should check in advance because it can change. The tour is about an hour and you'll get to see everything inside and learn a lot about the history and design.
  • Find out when it's open to public for a fair or something. It is gorgeous inside.