For the first time in 100 years, the dome of the Royal Exhibition Building will open to the public. This historic building was built for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. And the view inside the dome was a key attraction of exhibitions in 1880 and 1888. Now, you can head up there and see it for yourself, because the Dome Promenade is reopening at the Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday October 29.
Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade
This striking landmark was the first building in Australia to receive a UNESCO World Heritage status. And soon, you’ll feel transported back in time, as you go on a guided experience inside the dome. On the tour, you’ll check out an exhibition that covers the building’s history and various uses over time.
After that, you’ll cast your eyes over the spectacular views. Gaze at Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne skyline and beyond.
The tour will take you on four levels – the basement, mezzanine, lower promenade and upper promenade. The first three are wheelchair accessible, but the upper promenade can only be accessed through stairs. Up there, you’ll enjoy a 360-degree view of the city.
“I am delighted that we can at last welcome visitors to Melbourne’s newest ‘oldest attraction,” said Lynley Crosswell, CEO and director of Museums Victoria. “We are especially pleased to be opening during springtime, offering visitors a spectacular view of Carlton Gardens in full bloom and an outlook over Melbourne not experienced for nearly 100 years.”
Bookings are available now.