Carlton Garden and Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
The nineteenth century saw a wave of exhibitions across the globe as each nation tried to outdo the other by showing off its gradeur and wealth in specially designed buildings, like London's Crystal Palace. These trade fairs and expos were often seen as temporary, and very few of them remain today. Melbourne's is such a fine example of its kind that it is has been given UNESCO protected status. It shares this status with only two other man made structures, and one of those is the Sydney Opera House.
The Carlton Gardens are a beautiful way to spend a nice day in Melbourne. There are beautiful fountains, lakes, trees and plantings in honour of the Dalai Lama. Situated in the grounds of the Gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building. It was originally designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880.
Both the building and gardens are World Heritage listed and worth a visit.
The gardens feature a toilet and playground.
Royal Exhibition Building is the only place in Melbourne listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions.
It is located at Carlton Gardens, nearby Melbourne Museum and IMAX.
I can't write much about this site because I was not allowed to visit inside as it was an examination day for some school.
The Royal Exhibition Building built in 1886, is one of the world's oldest and largest exhibition pavilions.
In 2004, it became the first building in Australia to win World Heritage listing. The interior has been meticulously restored and there are expansive galleries, not to mention the large dome.
Public tours run daily at 2pm.
Situated on the northern edges of the city centre in Carlton is this splendid Victorian edifice, highlighting the glory days of Melbourne of the late 1800s, early 1900s. Built for the Great Exhibition of 1880, it is the world's oldest surviving 19th century exhibition hall.
It has had many uses since, including the State Parliament (the State's own Parliament was used by the Federal Parliament until Canberra was completed) and is now run by the Melbourne Museum. A listed building, it hosts frequent popular events such as the House & Home and Royal Agricultural Shows.
It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Building list in 2004 - the first in Australia.
Sadly, it is not open to the casual visitor although there are guided tours most days at 2pm (book tickets at the Melbourne Museum or in advance on 13 11 02 (Victoria) or +61 3 9270 5006). Tickets are $5 and $3.50 children/concessions. Best to book in advance or at least phone to make sure a tour is taking place - the REB is used for events throughout the year and therefore a tour may not be possible.
Surrounding the building is the Melbourne Museum to one side and the delightful Carlton Gardens. On a sunny day there are plenty of people using the space for lunches, picnics or simply reading a book.
The Royal Exhibition Hall is a structure that was for the Melbourne International Exhibition in the late 19th century. The site which is located adjacent to the Carlton Gardens and the Melbourne Museum was designed by architect Joseph Reed. It also the site of the first Australian Parliament before it was moved to Canberra. This UNESCO World Heritage Sight still holds regular exhibitions most notably the Melbourne Flower Exhibition. Tours are organized by the Melbourne Museum and ard are available daily at around 2pm.
The Royal Exhibition Building was the regular venue for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show's many artistic exhibits. The galleries were right at home in this fabulous building with its intricate designs both in its exteriors and exteriors.
According to this website:Today, the Royal Exhibition Building flourishes as one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions, symbolising the great 19th-century international exhibition movement.
With its meticulously-restored opulent interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall continues to offer a magnificent setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events.
The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were inscribed on the World Heritage list on 1 July 2004, becoming the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing. Today, the Royal Exhibition Building is a campus of Museum Victoria and the gardens are managed by the City of Melbourne.
I just love it, you must see it for yourself and enjoy its beauty!
It was a pleasure and a privilege attending the prestigious show in MElbourne! Carlton Gardens was awash with foliage from the wonderful and majestic trees lining the middle part with the impressive fountains in the middle.
It was a delight to tour the show too- with plenty of images that will greatly attract the senses- sight (seemingly endless)floral displays and exhibits, smell (fab food stalls selling multicultural fare though was annoyed they always had long lines and not enough staff!) and sound.
People just seemed relaxed and genuinely friendly here too that I was never alone actually- always talking with some locals or other tourists as well - from Sri Lankas, Indonesian (volunteers), Filipinos and other nationalities alike!
It is a brilliant showcase of the talents of the many exhibitors, one of them is Jane Davenport and her Institute of Cute who were my host as winner in their writing tilt.
Modern gardening, landscaping, gardening techniques and various products and gadgets were on showcase here. Numerous organisations were also there to promote their causes - be it their club, their town or their new invention. It was a glorious celebration of all things bright and wonderful and useful as well!
If you're ever in MElbourne during autumn during the last week of March, do visit this show, it is just awe-inspiring! It was my first trip too without my beloved kids and I am relieved it was a thrill and hope to go back there with my family next time!
This park area is a nice place to sit down and watch the world go by. This is especially so in Simmer when Mebourne turns on the heat and a picnic setting is created by the travel crew! The gardens are not overly large but do cover a decent area so lots of places to sit and relax.
Within the gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building. The building was completed in 1880 for Melbourne’s first International Exhibition and on 1 July 2004 became the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing.
The Melbourne Museum is located here also and it includes the famous Phar Lap - Aussie's wonder horse born & bred in New Zealand & poisoned in the USA by the Mob??
Another floral arrangement by one of the apprentices from Box Hill TAFE.
The girls are encouraged to enter the competition as part of their course.
All the work is done on site on the first day of the show. It's rather daunting for the competitors as spectators are watching the floral arrangements take place. Time restrictions are in place, this is added pressure for the girls.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is on every year. If you're in Melbourne in April don't miss it. The floral displays inside the Exhibition Buiding are absolutely beautiful. The garden displays outside are great too.
This arrangement was done by my daughter.
we always make it a point to visit all the unesco heritage sites wherever we go as they have never fail to impress us again and again.. the royal exhbition building and carlton gardens is no different.. a grand building set in a lovely garden, the building was erected for the melbourne international exhbition in 1880-81. the royal exhibition building is the only surviving "palace of industry" from a 19th century world fair on its original site. up till today, the building is still used as an exhibition venue..
tours of the building is available from the melbourne museum at 14:00 daily..
Another view of The Exhibition Building..
This beautiful building is very close to being one of my favorite buildings in Melbourne.
It has this remarkable 'Presents' that could only come in Architecture from a past era.
The Royal Exhibition Building was built in 1879-1880 to house the International Exhibition of 1880. It is the only major existing nineteeth century exhibition building in Australia and one of the only handful remaining worl-wide.
It has been a stage for highly significant and historical national events, e.g. the Centennial Exhibition (1888), the opening of the Federal Government (1901), and as the venue for the Victorian State Parliament from 1901 until 1927.
Many exhibitions are still held in the Royal Exhibition Building, including the International Flower and Garden Show in March. A popular picnic and barbecue area, the gardens are also home to an array of wildlife, including possums. Tree-lined avenues, Josef Hochugurtel's Exhibition Fountain (largest fountain in Australia, incorporatig frolicking putti, fish-taled Atlantes, goannas, platypus and ferns), formal flowerbeds and miniature lakes are a feature of Carlton Gardens.
The Heritage Council Victoria has approached the Federal Government seeking support to nominate the site for World Heritage Listing.
I can't believe this, I actually had my final year written exam in this historical building! :)
The Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage Site.
Its also near IMAX, Museum.
Its only open on certain days of the week at a certain time.
So check before hand and plan your trip.