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Be nosy for a weekend
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The Stylish Elegance of Mitchell Building at the University of Adelaide


Open House Adelaide is the one weekend of the year when we can legitimately be busybodies and snoops, peering into other people's places and checking out their chattels.

Run by History SA as part of the About Time History Festival, Open House Adelaide 2014 is supported by the City of Adelaide. This year more than 75 buildings will be open for inspection in Adelaide and North Adelaide over the weekend May 4-5, and all are free to see. As one of the more popular events in Adelaide, you will need to book to see some places, so get in early.

While many of the buildings that are open for inspection are of the classical older style, such as the Mitchell and Bonython buildings at the University of Adelaide, there are some surprising new additions to the Open House Adelaide program this year. Soundpond's Level One music and arts hub in the East End is one of these that is sure to have strong appeal to young people.

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The Mill Adelaide


Another new location is The Mill, a creative hub for artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers which has had a growing profile in Adelaide since it opened last year. Call in and take a look to learn about the benefits of working in shared spaces.

A place which will definitely have broad appeal for all ages is Fab Lab Adelaide. I wrote about the exciting things happening at Fab Lab last year, and it's the perfect opportunity to find out more while it's open for inspection, and Fab Lab will have activities for kids too.

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Fab Lab Adelaide is at The Adelaide College of the Arts


Fans of the Fringe Festival will be familiar with the latest incarnation of Tuxedo Cat at Raj House and the Tooth and Nail Studio Gallery. Both of these art hubs are taking part in Open House events in Adelaide this year, and will be popular with the creative crowd.

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Tooth and Nail Studio Gallery


Of course the City of Adelaide has thrown open the doors to the majestic Town Hall, while Government House, History SA's Torrens Building and Migration Museum, and many other institutions on North Terrace will also throw open their doors. If you start getting thirsty, try strolling down to the National Wine Centre - I'm sure they can re-hydrate all weary travellers.

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The Massive Minarets of the Adelaide Mosque


Some other more unusual places to check out are the oldest hotel in SA - the Beresford Arms Inn, the Adelaide Mosque will open its doors, and also architects Grieve Gillett. In the western suburbs the highly decorative Thebarton Incinerator will now open in its current role as an artists' collective. There's another Walter Burley Griffin incinerator at the Josiah Mitton Reserve in Brompton, but it's not part of the Open House Adelaide event.

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Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator at Josiah Mitton Reserve


Also in the suburbs is Urrbrae House - after taking a look at the house don't forget to explore the rest of the precinct including the awesome arboretum.

High fliers will want to check out the views from Westpac House, the tallest building in Adelaide, and the MFS Headquarters will be a sure favourite with Adelaide kids and their families.

To plan your weekend visit the Open House Adelaide 2014 website which makes it very simple to pick places to visit using an interactive map. You can also find them on Facebook too, where they showcase photos of some of the places that will be open for inspection. Note that some locations including the Migration Museum, MFS Headquarters and Tooth and Nail will have special activities for kids, so bring them along too.

Just be sure to book in advance if required, because it's going to be one very busy weekend around the City of Adelaide.
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