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Brisbane Open House 2016

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Brisbane Open House has reached a milestone in its seventh year with 100 buildings opening their doors to tourists and locals alike. A few interesting themes have emerged this year:

  • military history

  • medicine / science and

  • theatre /arts.

    The Wacol Military Museum is a treasure trove of artefacts from various theatres of war, and not just ones featured in Australian history.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Wacol Military Museum
    Wacol Military Museum


    A pre-booked tour of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium will open your eyes to the science of the heavens.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
    Reach for the Stars


    A visit to the Brisbane Arts Theatre will take you backstage, and as part of the children's activities, the cast of Peter Pan will be on hand to sign programs.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Brisbane Arts Theatre
    Tread the boards with BAT


    Favourites such as Brisbane City Hall, the old Windmill Tower, the Masonic Memorial Centre, and Newstead House will also be opened to the public.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Brisbane City Hall foyer
    Welcome to City Hall


    Brisbane Open House 2016,Masonic Memorial Temple
    Unlock some Masonic Lore


    The free Children's Program is inspired by an activity book full of amazing sketches by Brisbane's best architects, landscape architects, designers and artists.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Children's Activities
    Fun for young and old


    It will also serve as a guide to the young-at-heart as they explore some of the city's greatest buildings.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Museum of Brisbane
    Which Museum?


    BOH is not simply about visiting some intriguing buildings. The built environment is the setting for some very interesting and entertaining activities. Musical programs from the Soirees Musicales Quintette are planned for Old Government House.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Old Government House
    Just made for Music


    Aspiring photographers are challenged to find a new angle for some old and more recent buildings in the ever-popular photography competition .

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Spring Hill Reservoirs
    Raising the Roof at Spring Hill


    The Speaker Series will have you pondering such dilemmas as homelessness and the future of Brisbane's iconic tin and timber homes.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Spring Hill tin and timber cottage
    Spring Hill Tin and Timber


    Take a guided walk around various aspects of Brisbane's built environment including its wonderful artworks and outdoor gallery.


    Pre-booked buildings include the Walter Taylor Bridge hosted by the Brisbane Greeters.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,Walter Taylor Bridge,Brisbane Greeters
    Who lived here?


    To plan your itinerary for buildings and activities, purchase a BOH booklet for $8. Outlets are listed on the website.

    Brisbane Open House 2016,booklet
    Great Value!

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    Why? To experience the many facets of Brisbane's built environment
    When: Various events from September 1 until October 9
    Phone: 0411 482 792
    Where: All over Brisbane - check out the booklet
    Cost: Mostly free, some charges involved
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