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. To visit Royal Exhibition Building on your holiday in Melbourne, and find out what else Melbourne has to offer, use our Melbourne trip planner.
Royal Exhibition Building Reviews
When the, now famous/infamous "Jeff's Shed" adjacent to the Crown Casino was built (Melbourne Exhibition Centre) on South Bank, it was to replace this beautiful old gem. It is still used for smaller e... more »
One of the must-see's in Melbourne. Fantastic, large gardens that make you forget you're just on the edge of the CBD. The Royal Exhibition Building in the centre, with its fountain, is just glorious. ... more »
We were here on a Sunday and the place was all locked up. This is a World Heritage historic place that was completed in 1880. The building looks simply magnificent from the outside but unfortunately for us, the southern frontage was under renovation so we could not see the grand old lady in her pure splendour. Nevertheless, we spent a few hours walking the grounds and just chilling and enjoying the gardens. We will definitely be back when the renovation is completed.
Reed and Barnes, 1880s? Pretty eclectic, Byzantine, Romanesque, renaissance - dome based on Florence cathedral pretty sure. I like it better than some other Reed work- maybe as it's set in lovely baroque gardens away from development. Facilities fine- seen many events there. Can get cold in the wintertime.
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