Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building, Tourism Victoria

The Royal Exhibition Building is Melbourne’s most significant historic building – and arguably the country’s now that it has become Australia’s first man-made structure to achieve World Heritage status. The building and the adjacent Carlton Gardens were admitted to the list in 2004, joining the likes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

A vast hall topped with a central dome, it is considered an enduring monument to the international exhibition movement that began in the mid-19th century. No comparable ‘great halls’ survive from other international exhibitions held elsewhere in the world.

At dusk each night the building is illuminated, creating a vista that harks back to the heady days of 1880s Melbourne. Tours to view its interior run from the adjacent Melbourne Museum at 2pm daily whenever the building is not in use (bookings 13 1102). The area comes alive during the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (March–April). 11 Nicholson St, Carlton.

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Melbourne’s most significant historic building is a stunning reminder of the city’s rich history.

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