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Getting to know your city
Open House Melbourne is an independent organisation that fosters public interest in and appreciation for architecture and public engagement in the future of cities.
Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has facilitated more than 900,000 visits to 934 sites across Melbourne, enabling 229,660 people to explore and celebrate their city. Along the way, Open House has contributed more than $20 million to the local economy.
200 significant buildings around Melbourne will be available to tour during Open House Melbourne. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media
Open House Melbourne 2019 will be staged over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 27th & 28th July.
This year, 200 significant commercial and civic buildings, private homes, infrastructure and landscape projects will be open and there'll be more than 30 special events, tours and talks – things as diverse as a guided tour of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, a visit to the West Gate Tunnel Projects northern portal construction or a walking tour of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel.
Commercial and civic buildings will combine with private homes, infrastructure and landscape projects to showcase Melbourne's architecture during Open House 2019.
You'll be able to take a tour of several usually unseen sites within the University of Melbourne in Parkville or take a walking tour of buildings that shaped residential living in Melbourne at the time of their design and construction.
Some buildings and special events will require bookings, so you'll need to get onto the Open House Melbourne website quickly and reserve your spot.
Buildings that have made an impact on inner city living will be a feature. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose Media
Access to almost all buildings is FREE and self-guided. A small number of buildings have pre-booked tours requiring a small $5 reservation fee.
Full, printed programs are available through readings either online or in-store or via the Open House Melbourne website.
Don't miss Open House Melbourne over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th July.
Why? Take the opportunity to visit some of the 200 significant commercial and civic buildings, private homes, infrastructure and landscape projects that will be available for inspection during Open House Melbourne 2019.