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Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne is a free event that offers a chance to explore the city’s most historic and significant buildings, religious structures and architectural monuments. The best part is you don’t have to pay any anything to tour these buildings around Melbourne.

Come and be a part of this event and explore some of the best architectural accomplishments in the city. If you love history, architecture and design, you’ll love Open House Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne, 2021 Dates, Building List Program & Tickets

Melbourne welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy a tour of some of the oldest and most interesting buildings around the CBD. While some venues allow full tours, a number of buildings only offer access to some parts of their building. However, since some of these buildings are not open to the general public normally, it’s a great chance to see what’s behind closed doors.

Most buildings are open free of charge, however, a small few require pre-booking. Those buildings that require a ticket should be booked online in advance. Check back with us and we will update the page when bookings become available.

Visitors can explore the architecture, furniture and modern methods used to protect and conserve these architectural wonders. In previous years, more than 100,000 people have attended these magnificent buildings all over Melbourne. Given the proximity of most of the buildings, most people are able to attend between 4-5 buildings per day.

Photography is restricted inside most of the historic buildings, however, visitors can request a pictorial brochure or buy souvenirs at the gift shops.

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    • Hi Shell,

      The Open House will be held on on 28-29 July 2018, however locations have not yet been confirmed. Check back when the 2018 program is released and make sure to register your interest early. Not sure if Willsmere will be taking part again this year, although it was hugely popular so would be a shame if it wasn’t included.

      Best regards,
      Jess

  • I would like to tour Kew Lunatic asylum as I grew up in the area and use to walk around the grounds. I would love to take my son as well. How do I get a list of all of the houses open to the public?

  • Hello, I am on the list for an early booking because of the MCG tour last year not being what it was supposed to be. Do you know when I will be notified to get an early booking for this years open house. Thanking You.

    • Hi Jo, thanks for contacting us.

      The Open House Melbourne is mostly a free event and therefore no tickets are required.

      If the building you wish to visit does not require a booking, then all you need to do is go to the building on the designated date and queue at the main entry point before entry.

      To see if the buildings you are interested in are open access, check the “Buildings” page on the official website. The full program will be released in early July.

      Enjoy Open House Melbourne 2016!

    • Hi Louise,

      As mentioned to others on the page, the organisers send out the paper programs at the start of July. I would expect an online version to follow soon after.

      Also, most buildings are free to enter, so no booking will be required. I will update the page as soon as the program is released, so please check back.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Angela,

      The Open House Melbourne is mostly a free event and therefore no tickets are required.

      If the building you wish to visit does not require a booking, then all you need to do is go to the building on the designated date and queue at the main entry point before entry.

      To see if the buildings you are interested in are open access, check the “Buildings” page on the official website.

      Enjoy Open House Melbourne 2016!

      Regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Eileen,

      Melbourne Open House has just recently closed the “expression of interest” stage for buildings to take part in the event for 2016. I would assume that submissions are still being collated, so unfortunately they have not released their program dates as yet.

      In previous years, the Melbourne Open House program guide was sent out mid-July, so I would expect the same this year. Once the program is released, check the official website to see if you need to book for Manchester Unity, as most buildings are open access and self-guided, with just a select few requiring pre-booking.

      I will post the program online as soon as it becomes available.

      Regards,
      Jess

      • The Manchester a Unity building used to be limited and was by ballot only. For the past two years it has not been on MOH list because they offer their own monthly tours in conjunction with 1932 cafe. Check the Manchester Unity website for details and booking. We have done the lunch package and the tour is worth every cent of the cost.
        It is truly an amazing interior with great restoration.

        • Thanks for that info Philip. I didn’t go to Open House last year, so its hard to keep up with the changes to the program each year! Thanks again, Jess

        • The cafe underneath the Manchester Unity Building holds tours once a month of the building with either breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea for a price. I have done the afternoon tea tour and it was very good. If you go on to the facebook site of Cafe 1932 you can register and they will contact you.

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