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The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published November 28th 2013
It will be almost silly not to visit
The Royal Exhibition Building is certainly a place to check out. It was the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage Listing and one of the oldest exhibition pavilions that has been serving Australia's international exhibition & event industry for over 125 years!

One of the side views...

There are events and exhibitions held here throughout the year, however, you do not need to visit the exhibition building just for an exhibit or event; the building alone is worth a look at!

The venue is around eleven thousand square metres and split over two levels; you are able to hire the venue for all sorts of events, do check the website for more details on this.

There is a bit of history to the building. It was built in 1880 and once it was completed, the first of two international fairs hosted by Melbourne were held here. In 1901 the initial Commonwealth Parliament and in 2001 the centenary of Australian Federation were both held here.

A different perspective of the building

There is wheelchair access to the Exhibition Building on the northern entry (opposite the Melbourne Museum entrance) and there are lifts to all levels of the building.

Guided tours are available, which allow you to see the spectacular building from a different perspective and learn more about its wonderful historical background.

The main entrance...

The Royal Exhibition Building is located in Carlton Gardens and is easily accessible by the trams.

It is free to visit the building, unless you are hiring the venue or visiting an exhibition / event which require payment.

Close up of one of the many domes...
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Why? Something different to see in the city
When: All year round to view exterior
Phone: 13 11 02
Where: 9 Nicholson St, Carlton Victoria
Cost: Free (depending what you do here)
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