The World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building is located on Nicholson Street at the northeast edge of the Melbourne CBD. Completed in 1880, the magnificent building is one of the oldest exhibition pavilions in the world.
The Royal Exhibition Building was built to host Melbourne’s first world fair; the exhibition was a huge success, attracting over 1.3 million people to the site over eight months. Its second exhibition in 1888 – the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition – was even larger.
In 1901, the pavilion was used to host the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in front of more than 10,000 guests, including politicians, judges, consuls, mayors, clergy and naval and military officers.
Since then, the Royal Exhibition Building has held a variety or local, national and international events. It achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 – the first Australian building to do so – and is the largest “item” in the Museum Victoria collection.
Today, the Royal Exhibition Building – with its beautifully restored interior, towering dome and expansive galleries – is used primarily as a commercial exhibition venue and home to popular public events, such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
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