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 27 + 28 July in 2019, 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.

The date changes each year, but it is always the last weekend in July. In 2019, it will take place on the 27 + 28 July.

Majority of buildings are Open Entry and FREE – 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. First release bookings open on Friday 12 July at 8.30am with the second release on Friday 19th July at 8.30am. Check each building page for the direct ticketing link to book your spot.

No – Open House Melbourne is a FREE event and open to all.

Nearly all buildings are Open Entry with Guided and/or Self-Guided tours. 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.

Printed programs are available through Readings online and in store. Purchase your copy here.

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.

View our Volunteer Page for available opportunities.