Discover the history and beauty of this magnificently restored building.
Tours are held most days at 2pm, subject to availability. Tours may not run when the building is in use for certain events and exhibitions. Please call 13 11 02 to confirm.
Built in 1879 for Melbourne’s first International Exhibition, it was chosen as the venue for the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia on 9 May 1901, and recently became Australia’s first World Heritage Listed building.
Experience the life, stories and affections of millions of people that have contributed to this national icon, Museum Victoria’s largest collection object.
The tour starts in the foyer at Melbourne Museum and run for 45-60 minutes.
Cost $10 Adults, $8 Concession and $7 Children/Museum Members.
Access to the Royal Exhibition Building is by guided tour only. This tour only operates if the building is not being used for an event as it remains today a working building. Tickets can be purchased from the Melbourne Museum admissions desk on the day. Please ensure you call on the day of your visit to ensure the tour is running, so as not to be dissappointed. Please call Bookings and Enquiries on 13 11 02 for more information.
Royal Exhibition Building tours run for 45 to 60 minutes, although this is subject to availability. The tour is suitable for all ages, although we have found that due to the historical nature of the tour, ages 7 and up tend to be most appropriate. On the day you wish to attend the tour, please make sure to call 13 11 02 to find out the tour times.
Hi Sk Tse,
Unfortunately Royal Exhibition Tours cannot be booked in advance as on some occasions the health and safety requirements of different temporary shows and exhibitions prevent the tours from running. Please call 13 11 02 on the morning you intend to visit to enquire if a tour is running and make a booking.
The flags currently hoisted at the Royal Exhibition Building are part of a the National Gallery of Victoria's exhibition Melbourne Now and designed by local artist Brook Andrews. More information about the project can be found here.
At this point stage we do plan to proceed with a tour on Sunday 31st of March, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes it can't go ahead, so it is advisable to call our bookings team on 13 11 02 on the morning of Sunday 31st to check to see if the tour is going ahead and if so, make a booking.
The Discovery Centre is open every day from 10am to 4:30pm.
Yes you can.
Hi Jacquie, There are no photographic restrictions regarding taking pictures of the Royal Exhibition Building, or in the surrounding gardens. Snap away!
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