Melbourne Centennial Exhibition

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1888 Melbourne
Royal exhibition building tulips straight.jpg
The Royal Exhibition Building
BIE-class Unrecognized exposition
Name Melbourne Centennial Exhibition
Visitors 2,000,000
Country Colony of Victoria
City Melbourne
Venue Carlton Gardens
Coordinates 37°48′22″S 144°58′13″E / 37.80611°S 144.97028°E / -37.80611; 144.97028
Opening August 1, 1888 (1888-08-01)
Universal expositions
Previous Melbourne International Exhibition (1880) in Melbourne
Next Exposition Universelle (1889) in Paris

The Melbourne Centennial Exhibition was organised to celebrate a century of European settlement in Australia. The Exhibition Building, constructed in 1880 for the Melbourne International Exhibition, was extended and reused. The Centennial Exhibition focused on Australia itself, and emphasised music and painting that attracted many visitors.[1] However the Exhibition wasn't recognised by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) as a World's Fair.