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Sydney Open 2018

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
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Many of Sydney's historic and architecturally inspiring buildings will open to the public for Sydney Open 2018 on the weekend of November 3-4. This event, which allows locals and visitors to have a look inside buildings usually closed for the public, has now been running for 21 years. Sydney Open is organised by Sydney Living Museums, a group of 12 museums, houses and gardens that allow you a peek into Sydney's colourful and history-making past.

This annual event offers access to buildings, a chance to follow trails as well as attending talks about different aspects of architecture and history. Some of the buildings you will have access to are 50 Martin Place, built in 1928 and now headquarters of Macquarie Bank, City of Sydney Fire station which has been operating for 131 years and the great Sydney Synagogue, built in 1887. These are just a few of the 40 plus buildings that will be open, for all details on the buildings check the website here. On Saturday, limited access to in-demand spaces is offered through focus tours. These will allow behind the scenes access, small group participation and expert guides. So why not take a look at what goes behind the old wooden escalators at Wynyard Station or take a closer look at Elizabeth House. But hurry, many of these are selling out fast, you can see all the tours here.

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Behind the scene at Wynyard Station


Different ticket categories are available for both days ranging from $39 for Sydney Living Museum members, $49 for the general public to $195 for the VIP pass.
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Why? For accessing some of Sydney's most impressive historic and new buildings.
When: Sunday 4th November buildings are open 10 am-5 pm, Focus tours have different starting times check website
Phone: 61 2 8239 2211
Where: Sydney CBD
Cost: Open Pass(39-$49) allows access to open buildings on Sunday; Focus tours $49
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