Royal Exhibition Building Tours

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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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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)?
Li Yin 23 October, 2016 17:44
Hi would the daily tour (2pm) be running on 4 Nov? Could I make a pre-booking via email please?
Michael 10 November, 2016 21:38
Will there be a tour on Saturday 12 November 2016?
mvbookings 12 November, 2016 09:33
Hi Michael,
Sorry we are not able to run the Royal Exhibition Building tour today, Saturday 12th November 2016
Mandy 2 December, 2016 18:08
Will there be a tour on Thursday 08 Dec 2016?
Jiro 15 December, 2016 23:36
I am planning to visit with my family on January 6th. The tour is on schedule, is not it? Do you need a reservation?
mv bookings 26 December, 2016 13:13
Jiro, the tour is not yet confirmed for that day.  For all tours of the Royal Exhibition Building we cannot confirm until the day of. Please contact us in the morning you'd like to visit on 13 11 02.
Jiro 24 December, 2016 14:09
Few day ago, I sent mail about the guided tour. But, I didn't write the day which I visit the Royal Exhibition Building. I'm planning to visit on 6th Jan or 4th Jan. Are you open these days? Please tell me the information. Thank you.
ANNA 25 December, 2016 12:01
Hi ,will there have a guided tour at 2 pm on 04th January 2017? Where i can book the ticket?
MV Bookings 26 December, 2016 13:01

Please contact the Museum on the day you want to visit as we cannot confirm the Royal Exhibition Tour will go ahead until the day of. Telephone 13 11 02.

Rahul 27 December, 2016 07:49
Will there be a guided tour at 2pm on 27th of December? And if we had to head to the airport at 230pm from there, would that be ok to do just the first 30 minutes of the tour? Would we still be able to see the main hall and ceilings in that time?
MV Bookings 27 December, 2016 10:37

Yes, there will be a 2pm tour on today 27th November 2016.

Our tours usually last for 45mins please notify the tour leader at the start that you'll need to leave early.  You will be able to see most of it in the 30 minute time frame.

Asami 3 January, 2017 10:15
Hi ,will there have a guided tour at 2 pm on 03rd January 2017?
Rebbecca mcmaster 3 January, 2017 23:26
Is there tours running on the 3rd Feb 2017?
mvbookings 4 January, 2017 16:23

Dear Rebecca,

We offer guided tours of the Royal Exhibition Building. The tours are held typically at 2:00 p.m. All tours depart from the adjacent Melbourne Museum and cost $10 for adults, $8 for concession, and $7 for children and Museum Members.

 As the Royal Exhibition Building is a pavilion that hosts numerous events and exhibitions each year the tours of the building are subject to availability.

 The best  way to organise your visit is to give us a call on 13 11 02 on the day in the morning after 9:30 a.m. and we can provide you with the updates for that particular date.


Suzy 8 February, 2017 01:05
Hello! Will there be a tour during VAMFF? I'm planning to visit on 6th March.
mvbookings 8 February, 2017 13:33

Hi Suzy,

unfortunately we cannot confirm if the tour will be running until after 9:30am on the day. At the moment it is possible that the tour will run on the 6th March. You can call us on (03) 8341 7777 if you would like to discuss.

Regards Brian


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