And this irresistible instinct even applies to public buildings too. How many of us have wondered what the Parliament House dining room looks like, or been curious about the private areas of the Freemason's Hall or a Supreme Court judge's chambers.
On the weekend of 4-5 May 2013 you will have a rare opportunity to do just this - explore selected houses and buildings that are normally closed to the public.
Organised by History SA, Open House Adelaide 2013 will showcase some 50 buildings to inquisitive members of the public this year. The event is run in conjunction with About Time - SA's annual history festival.
While the list of realty to be open in 2013 has not been released yet, last year's event included access to the State Library's heritage collections, a guided tour of the Adelaide Festival Centre with one of its architects, access inside the former Glenside Hospital, and viewings of the old Queen's Theatre - the oldest in mainland Australia.