Aerial view of the dome of the Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade

General information
Bookings essential
Meet Melbourne Museum foyer
Tour only

Adult $29
Concession $23
Child $15
Museum Member $13

With Museum entry
Additional 0 to $15

An icon of Melbourne’s history opens its doors to a unique view unseen for 100 years.

With its origins steeped in history, the Royal Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. As a key attraction of the 1880 and 1888 international exhibitions, the Dome Promenade provided visitors a unique opportunity to overlook the gardens and view the Melbourne skyline.

This guided tour allows visitors to once again be able to experience these spectacular views along with an exhibition that explores the building’s significant history and varied uses over time.

A view of a decorative ceiling from below looking up
Royal Exhibition Building Ceiling

The Royal Exhibition Building is beautiful inside and out – and a true landmark of Melbourne.



Accessibility information

Tour participants will meet their tour guide at the meeting point in the Melbourne Museum foyer before travelling across to the Royal Exhibition Building.

Three levels of the exhibition (basement, mezzanine and lower promenade) are wheelchair accessible via a lift. The fourth level, the upper dome promenade, is not wheelchair accessible and requires participants to climb around 20 steps.

From there, there are additional stairs required to travel around the entire upper promenade to see a 360 degree view.  Both the upper and lower promenade are outside and exposed to the elements.


Banner image: Copyright Roger Knight, Another Dimension


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