Open House Melbourne is a public architecture organisation that empowers citizens to be active participants in the building of their city. Their annual program of talks, tours, and interviews explore issues, challenges and success stories of Melbourne’s built environment.

At the heart of the program is the much-loved Open House Weekend, taking place on the 29 and 30 July in 2017, where 200 significant buildings and sites across the city are open so people can learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.

29 and 30 July 2017

Majority of buildings are free and open access where you don't need to book. Just turn up and enjoy the day. Please note that some buildings will be very popular and will have queues. Please plan ahead and turn up early.

Some buildings have pre-booked tours, due to their limited capacity, and require a small $5 booking fee to reserve your place. Online bookings opened on Monday 17 July at 8:30am and most buildings are now booked out due to high demand. Some buildings will offer a waitlist option – check each building page for the Eventbrite link to see if there are spaces available.


No – Open House Melbourne is a free event for all.

Nearly all buildings are free, open access and self-guided. A small number of buildings have pre-booked tours, due to their limited capacity, and will require a small $5 commitment fee to reserve your place.

The Open House Melbourne 2017 Printed Program is now available to order for $20 exclusively through Readings online and in-store at Readings locations in Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and the State Library.

The 2017 printed program comes with 10 distinct and unique covers to celebrate the 10th Anniversary. 10 Melbourne artists have reimagined some of our most iconic buildings. Over 298 pages, packed with everything you need to plan your Open House Melbourne Weekend and make the most out of the month-long satellite program of special events.

The program also includes rare interviews with Melbourne’s seminal modernist architects and designers including Mary Featherston, Daryl Jackson, and Peter McIntyre. You’ll find a fold out map developed in partnership with the Koorie Heritage Trust, featuring a contemporary Aboriginal design and architecture walking tour.
Your program purchase supports Open House Melbourne’s status as an independent and apolitical not-for-profit organisation.

For all Printed Program purchase enquiries, please contact readings.com.au

Not all buildings will open every year for Open House Melbourne. In order to keep the program fresh, we like to cycle a variety of buildings through each year and therefore not all buildings can be reopened again.

We love the hundreds of volunteers that volunteer for Open House Melbourne each year - the event simply could not go ahead without the dedication and time put in by them.

Volunteer positions for 2017 are now closed, further information on how to volunteer for 2018 will be released via our website and newsletter in early 2018.


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