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Your chance to view buildings that are usually off limits
When Open House Melbourne 2013popped up in my email inbox as a suggestion for Weekend Notes, I knew I had stumbled on something great.
I love architecture and design, so it was only fitting to write about Open House Melbourne to share this great event with everyone else.
Open House Melbourne probably doesn't need much of an introduction, with over 106,000 visitors last year enjoying the sights of Melbourne that are usually off limits to the general public.
Now in it's 6th year and with a record 111 open buildings in 2013 displaying Melbourne's best architecture, museums, places of worship, contempory architecture, television studios, underground tunnels creative work spaces as well as educational activities for kids.
Many of the buildings will have guided tours, making it a great way to learn more about our wonderful city.
Some of the 99 buildings included in last year's Open Melbourne event were; The Hotel Windsor, Supreme Court Of Victoria, Victoria Mounted Police Branch, Peter Mac Cancer Research Lab, Royal Melbourne Hospital tunnels and towers, Melbourne City Baths.
Open House Melbourne is a free event for all to enjoy.
Keep an eye on the website to be one of the first people to get a 2013 program (they can be purchased online for $10).
Volunteers are always a big part of Open House Melbourne, with over 800 last year, though spots fill fast as volunteers get the reward of skipping the queues to access other buildings. If you would like to volunteer have a look at their website or Facebook page.
So get your diary out now and cross out the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of July,as your Open House Melbourne weekend.