Why Open Your Building?


*Expressions of Interest for 2018 Open House Melbourne Have Closed

We will open registrations for the 2019 event in late September 2018.

Open House Melbourne is the largest and longest-running Open House program in Australia, with more than 85,000 visits recorded across 200 buildings in 2017. The program is a great opportunity for building owners, managers, custodians, and architects to reach a broad cross-section of the community, accessing completely new audiences.

Most buildings participate to promote their activities to a new and different audience, and engage with the local community. They participate to encourage the public to become advocates of good design and to value their building and its present use and activities.

Of the reasons people attend, over 80% participate to stay informed and learn more about the city’s architecture and to celebrate and improve their cultural awareness of the city. Almost half of our visitors reported that they participate to stay informed about factors that influence city planning. Specifically, 90% agreed that Open House provides a unique and valuable opportunity to directly engage with architecture in the city.


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weekend visits


annual website visits

Why is Open House Free?


The core of the Open House concept lies in the direct experience of architecture and design, accessible and free to all.

A free event… is accessible and upholds everyone’s right to the city

A free event… attracts a large and diverse audience

A free event… encourages people to explore and engage with architecture and design in an informal way




Open House Melbourne is able to promote your building to a wide audience, with an established database of over 30,000 email subscribers, 200,000+ annual website visits, and an audience of over 42,000 people across social media. Buildings are also included, with individual listings, in printed programs and the Open House Melbourne website.

What building custodians say about Open House


Being part of Open House definitely reached people that we wouldn’t have if we had undertaken the open day through our own council channels.

– Fitzroy Town Hall, City of Yarra – 2017 Precinct Partner

I think the benefit of making Architecture accessible to the wider public and educating people about Design has far-reaching implications for the profession. That’s why I’m such a big supporter of Open House Melbourne. The more the public understand and experience good Design the better it is for all of us.

– BKK Architects, 2017

We really enjoyed being part of Open house Melbourne 2017. It’s the interaction with the people and the hard work of the volunteers that makes this such a unique and wonderful weekend. Putting a smile on people’s faces never gets tiring.

– Residential Home Owner, 2017

Most of our visitors were locals; many who had not visited the homestead before and many also who learned of the homestead for the first time through the Open House Melbourne program.

– Woodlands Historic Homestead