Royal Exhibition Building Tours

Until 31 Jan 2017

The magnificent interior of the Royal Exhibition Building.
Source: Museum Victoria

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.

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Nathan Larkin 9 November, 2011 12:22
I was wondering what the ruls for Photography of the inside of the Exhibition Buildings?? I'm studying a Photography Course and have an Arcitecture componant.. It's so lovely inside.. Any information you could give is fantastic
Customer Service Team 17 November, 2011 13:00

Hi Nathan,

Yes you can.

Lucita 31 December, 2011 20:07
I called the no. 13 11 02 being making a trip to the Exhibition Building and the staff member told me that tours would be run every day. When I arrived I learned from the information desk at Melbourne Museum that the Exhhibition Centre is closed until Jan-8. This piece of information is nowhere to be found on this website. Disappointing.
Discovery Centre 3 January, 2012 11:15
Hi Lucita, apologies for the misinformation you received about the tour.  We are following that up with staff to ensure they all have up to date information and we’ll check and update our website appropriately.  We appreciate your feedback and apologise for your inconvenience.
Judith 30 March, 2012 19:39
I have friends coming from Adelaide for Easter - Thursday 5th April until Tuesday morning 10th April. Is there a time when they can see this beautfiful building which I, a Melbourne resident, first saw today at the Flower and Garden show? They are not free on the Saturday.
Discovery Centre 31 March, 2012 10:38
Hi Judith, as indicated above, entry to the REB is via tour only or when there is an exhibition on. Our response to Adam suggests that you should ring the day before to check that the tour is running.
Teresa 31 March, 2012 20:50
Is it ok to take photos during a tour?
Discovery Centre 1 April, 2012 09:51
Hi Teresa, yes photography is allowed on the tour.
Malcolm 14 March, 2015 13:07
While there is an event is their any restrictions on taking photos ??
cc 19 April, 2012 08:42
I am surprised that under 'Visiting' there aren't any opening hours listed. I would expect to find that there and cannot see this info elsewhere on this website.
Trevor 30 April, 2012 01:38
Are tours available whilst there is an event ie, Australian Antiques and Art Dealers on?
Brooke 10 May, 2012 21:13
My self and a group of friends went to see the Melbourne Museum and also the Royal Exhibition Building. We were not able to see the Royal Exhibition Building as it was setting up for the art show and when we went to the Melbourne Museum to find information about the Royal Exhibition Building there was only 1 panflet on the building. I thought that was very disapointing as the Royal Exhibition Building has a lot of history and as a student i could not find enough inforamtion about it. I think that there should be more information about both the Royal Exhibition Building and also the Melbourne Museum.
Discovery Centre 11 May, 2012 16:47
Hi Brooke, There is indeed a great deal of information about the Royal Exhibition Building in the Discovery Centre on the lower ground level of the Melbourne Museum, and much of that information is available on the Museum Victoria website. These resources include:

Internet Resources:


The Discovery Centre is open every day from 10am to 4:30pm.

Daniel 11 June, 2012 14:27
I am thinking of visiting the Melbourne Museum on a Friday 13 July. Assuming that a tour of the Exhibition Building will be on that day, how long does it usually last? I also want to be able to see the spider feeding at 3pm.
Li-wei 19 August, 2012 02:23
Hi, I would like to know too, how long is the duration of the tour.
Martin 29 December, 2012 05:41
My question is, Can you explore on your own or do you have to take a tour?
Laurence 19 January, 2013 08:56
Still NO opening hours information on the Exhibition Centre Website! Really a glaring omission people. :(
Discovery Centre 29 January, 2013 14:36
Hi Laurence, Thank you for your feedback regarding the published time of the tour through the Royal Exhibition Building. On most days the tour departs Melbourne Museum at 2pm. The tour time and access can vary depending on the season and events, hence the reason why we do not publish the time on the website. To confirm tour times please call 131102 on the day of your visit.
Phil Vincent 18 March, 2013 06:01
Is a guided tour available Sunday 31st March 2013. If yes is it possible to book in advance? Thanks
Discovery Centre 18 March, 2013 15:36
Hi Phil,

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.

Adam 24 May, 2013 11:04
Hi there Royal Exhibition Building! What are the chances you'll be holding a tour on Saturday 25 May? I'm aware that the beer festival is on - that also looks fun! Do you allow drinking during walking tours? Cheers!
WING 12 June, 2013 15:00
Hi Just would like to know if there is still a guided tour at 2pm on Jul 6 this year? Thank you.
Ellen Wu 6 August, 2013 17:19
Hi, I would like to enquire whether there will be a tour on Monday 26 August, 2013.
Bookings 10 August, 2013 11:36
Unfortunately, we are only able to determine on the day if the tour is running. You can do this by calling 13 11 02 from 9.00am, the person you speak to will be able to advise if the tour is running on the day
Jennie 22 August, 2013 10:56
Hi! I would like to know, when the Events is on, can we join? We thinking bring our kids to visit the building and the events at the same time.
MV Bookings 27 August, 2013 10:22
Hi Jennie we are only able to determine on the day if the tour is running. You can do this by calling 13 11 02 from 9.00am, the person you speak to will be able to advise if the tour is running on the day
Claire 21 November, 2013 13:45
What are the indigenous flags you are flying today? Two of them seem a little different from the usual.
Discovery Centre 22 November, 2013 13:14

Hi Claire,

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.

SK Tse 14 April, 2014 17:20
Hi! We are two tourists from Hong Kong. We would like to make a booking for the Royal exhibitiob Building Tour on 28/5/14. Would it be possible to have the tour on that day? If not, what other dates are available? Much appreciated if you would let us know ASAP. Thank you!
Discovery Centre 15 April, 2014 15:21

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.

Stacy Chen 29 June, 2014 20:41
Hi! We are four tourists from Taiwan. We would like to make a booking for the Royal exhibition Building Tour on 2/7/14. Would it be possible to have the tour on that day? If not, what other dates are available? Much appreciated if you would let us know ASAP. Thank you!
Kandi 9 September, 2014 20:12
Just wondering how long does the tour run for?? is it suitable for a 5 & 7 yr old?? thank you
MV Customer Contact Centre 11 September, 2014 16:49

Hi Kandi,

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. 

Shannon 14 March, 2015 15:28
Will the Gasolene Muscle Car expo be on this year?
Discovery Centre 17 March, 2015 12:25
Hi Shannon, unfortunately the Gasoline Muscle Car Expo is not on at the Royal Exhibition Building this year. 
Yanice 26 April, 2015 13:30
Could you tell me how can I visit the Royal Exhibition Building? Do i need to do the booking or just go there and buy the ticket?
discoverycentre 26 April, 2015 13:39

Hi Yanice,

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.

Evelyn 27 May, 2015 12:55
Hi, we have a group around 15-20 pax like to visit Royal Exhibition building on Oct/21, can we make a private guide tour booking ? Cause we are Taiwan group and TL need to do the translation. Apprciate your reply. Thank you.
Ha Nguyen 8 June, 2015 20:07
Can you please let me know any events and exhibitions on 26/06 or 27/06? We are planning to visit on either those 2 days. Thank you
MVBookings 11 June, 2015 13:29
Hi Ha,

At present there are no events planned for either of those days at the Royal Exhibition Building. We do run tours of the building, subject to availability.

At the Melbourne Museum, just a schort walk away, there are heaps of things happening: the WW1 Centenary Exhibition and IMAX will be in full swing, and on the 27th the Melbourne Museum's Winter School Holiday Activities will start.
Lauren Barber 11 July, 2015 15:26
Hi there, Can we tour the exhibition buildings on saturday the 8th of august? I will have a group of 10-20 hoping to do this as a part of my birthday celebrations. Thank you Lauren
Skip n Pen 4 August, 2015 17:16
Hi, we have tried to visit a couple of times but has been closed for various reasons. We will be in Melbourne (from NZ) Mon-Thu (10-13 August. Can you let me know if the daily tours are on in those days and do we have to make a reservation? many thanks.
Arnold Nguyen 4 August, 2015 18:42
Hey there, My friends and I would like a tour around the exhibition building this week and also next week. Can you confirm if there are any days when the tours are not in operation? Thanks :)
Jacquie Alexander 19 August, 2015 16:08
Hi, Is it ok to take photographs in front of the Royal Exhibition Building? Any restrictions? Thank you
Discovery Centre 21 August, 2015 11:39
Hi Jacquie,

There are no photographic restrictions regarding taking pictures of the Royal Exhibition Building, or in the surrounding gardens. Snap away!
Chong Huey Ding 7 September, 2015 16:09
Hello Good day I would like to know that izit tours will open during University of Melbourne Exams (30/10-29/11)? I will travel to Melbourne on 30/10-05/11, wanna check the availability during this period.
Sarah Jane 17 October, 2015 16:10
Hi there. I am travelling to Melbourne for a few days at the end of December. I have read through the comments and understand that I cannot book in advance, but I'm wondering if the venue will be open during the week of New Year's (I'm only in town December 29th through January 2nd). I sit on a heritage advisory committee in Canada and would love to connect with the museum staff at this UNESCO site. Comment/email if you can, thanks! - sj
Maco 13 November, 2015 00:08
Hi, are the tours available on 14/11 or 15/11?And can I book the tour on the phone before the day? I'll visit for the first time, so I don't know whether I can book in adovance or I have to book at the counter on the day. If I need to book on the day, 14 or 15/11 is weekend, so is it good to go at early time? Please tell me about these questions.
Peter 8 March, 2016 00:58
Hi, there will be a guided tour at 2 pm on 15th March 2016? Thanks for advance for your reply.
Sharon 11 March, 2016 12:59
Do you know the dates for the Victorian Hot Rod show held at this venue, for January next year please.
mvbookings 17 March, 2016 12:01

Hi Sharon,

An exact date is yet to be confirmed however should the event go ahead it will be in late January.

We keep our confirmed events updated here.

kaye 6 April, 2016 22:13
i want to have a visit on one day between 8 to 10 April but seems there is an event. Could I visit inside of this building without guided tour?
MVBookings 8 April, 2016 10:15

Hi Kaye,

The only way to access the inside of the exhibition is via a guided daily tour at 2pm (subject to availability) or by purchasing a ticket to the event that is being held in the exhibition. 

Lee 10 April, 2016 01:05
Hi I'm in from the US for a short time to present at Miegunyah lecture at Uni Melbourne. Will there be tours give at 2pm on Tuesday, April 26th??
Lee 10 April, 2016 01:10
Hi, I just wrote. One more question - will there be a tour on Sunday, May 1?
Judy Hardy 11 April, 2016 10:08
Will there be any tours of the exhibition building running this week before the Quilting exhibition starts on Thursday 14?
Mel 21 April, 2016 16:34
will the tour be held on saturday 23rd April even though there is an event running? :)
Marta 19 August, 2016 10:21
Hi, I'm a design student at university and am wondering if I am able to take short videos during the tour, as I need shots of the interior of the building for my project.
Museum Bookings 5 October, 2016 11:58

Hi Marta,

Yes you certainly may take short video's during your tour, good luck with your project!

Gregory Markham 3 September, 2016 11:06
HI Melbourne Museum, I will be visiting Melbourne next March ( 2017 ). We would like to join as guided tour of the Royal Exhibition Building. Where can i purchase tickets and do tours run at weekends or only on weekdays. Many thanks for your assistance Greg Markham
MVBookings 5 October, 2016 11:54

Hi Greg,

Tickets can be purchased onsite the Melbourne Museum ticket desk.  Because the running of tours are dependant on events and activities in the Building, it's highly recommended you call our Bookings office on 13 11 02 (7 days) to firstly find out if the tour will be running on the day of your visit and secondly you can also pre-book your tickets.

Johnny wong 15 October, 2016 21:51
Hello museum Please let me know if you have any events from 10th to 12th Dec 16 so that it is not opened for guided tour. Regards Johnny
Amelie C 18 October, 2016 01:49
Hi! I will be in Melbourne for a week from 5 Nov to 11 Nov 2016, would the daily tour be running during this period (as I saw that there will be university exams taking place in the same period)?
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