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Open House Melbourne Weekend

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city.

We invite people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.

We do this through our annual free weekend at the end of July and through a series of accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events throughout the year.

The Weekend puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for you to consider what makes Melbourne unique. The Weekend showcases buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture, and consider what makes a liveable city. 

Improvements have been made to the program this year to ensure everybody has the chance to experience Melbourne’s significant buildings including removing the need for a ballot; nearly all buildings open on the weekend will be open access and self-guided, but access to a small number of buildings will be via pre-booked tours.

What you need to know to navigate Open House Melbourne Weekend 

  1. There is no ballot this year. Nearly all buildings open on the weekend are open access and self-guided, but a small number of buildings have pre-booked tours. Bookings open on Wednesday 8 July at 10am until booked out, limited to 2 places per person per tour. These tours always book out, so please check on the website before you plan to visit these building. We don’t want you to be disappointed!
  1. Open House Melbourne Weekend is open from 10am-4pm both days, but please check in this program or on the website for the opening times. Some of you buildings can only open for one day.
  1. Some open access and self-guided buildings will have tours that you don’t need to book but you may need to queue to get on the next tour. Please be patient and friendly with our volunteers during your wait. If you don’t want to wait, we encourage you to check out a building close by that you can tour without booking.
  1. Check the Open House Melbourne social media feeds for up to date event information including buildings with no queues and queues.
  1. Over 900 volunteers who are generously giving up their time to help manage the Weekend staff Open House Melbourne. Please greet them with a smile and thank them when you can.
  1. Our buildings are significant and special and we ask that you treat them respectfully. That also goes for the building managers, staff, security and owners who are generously opening their doors to you. Access is a privilege, not a right.

View the full building list.

 

Important Details

Location

Melbourne

Time & Date

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 2015
10am-4pm both days

Booking Info

Open House Weekend is a free event.

View the full building list.

View the full program of events, tours, workshops and talks.

A small number of pre-booked tours will open Wednesday 8 July at 10am until booked out, limited to 2 places per person per tour. These tours always book out, so please check on the website before you plan to visit these building.

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