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Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade

October 29, 2022

For the first time in 100 years, visitors will have the opportunity to ascend to the base of the Royal Exhibition Building’s majestic dome and experience breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline.

The Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade will open to the public from Saturday 29 October 2022.

As the first Australian building to be awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Listing, the Royal Exhibition Building has great historical and cultural importance, not only to Melbourne, but to all of Australia.

The highly anticipated new attraction was developed as part of a Federal Government budget commitment, restoring integral aspects of the fabric of the building to protect and preserve its world and national heritage values.

With its origins steeped in the Marvellous Melbourne era, the Royal Exhibition Building was built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, embodying civic values and providing a majestic place where people, culture and ideas could come together.

The Dome Promenade was a key attraction of both the 1880 and 1888 international exhibitions and operated as a commercial venture, providing visitors the opportunity to view the Melbourne skyline in much the same way as will be offered from next month.

With the Protection & Promotion Project now complete, Museums Victoria CEO & Director Lynley Crosswell says she is looking forward to the Promenade deck being open so the community will have the opportunity to enjoy the building’s remarkable Promenade view, along with an exhibition that explores the building’s history and uses over the years.