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Royal Exhibition Building

Come and explore the nationally acclaimed, heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s inner-north.

This building dates back to 1880 and was built exclusively for the first International Exhibition in Australia, and has also served as Australia’s first Federal Parliament in 1901; continuing to host many important events throughout the year.

Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, Events & Parking Map

The venue’s exquisite interiors and expansive galleries offer a magnificent opportunity for visitors to explore. The gallery features a number of unique artefacts relevant to the Royal Exhibition Building and its many years of history. The building’s unique interiors boast a soaring dome with Victorian décor.

This beautifully restored building still serves as an ideal venue for community events, cultural festivals and trade shows.

Come and find out for yourself why this Australian heritage listed building is still a favourite venue for Melbournians. Surrounding the majestic Royal Exhibition Building is the famous Carlton Gardens. These scenic gardens were also built in 1880 and in 2004, the entire site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

One of the popular events held at the site includes the International Flower and Garden Show. This annual show welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Those interested in taking a tour of the Royal Exhibition Building can take a guided tour from the nearby Melbourne Museum. So come and visit the Royal Exhibition Building and see one of the many community events and make sure you check out the museum and beautiful gardens whilst you are here.

Get to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton via tram #86 or #96 and alight at the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets. Alternatively, you can catch the free City Circle tram to Victoria Parade or take the city loop train and alight at Parliament Station with a short 10-minute walk to the venue.

9 Nicholson Street
Carlton, VIC

Opening Hours
Times vary according to each event, but regular guided tours are available on most days at 2pm (subject to availability).

Phone Number
(03) 9270 5000

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