Melbourne opens up for Open House

Melburnians are a diverse bunch–a mix of sport lovers, art lovers, music lovers, coffee addicts and fashionistas. No matter what you’re into though, you’ll find something to love in this year’s Open House program.

More than 100 of Melbourne’s most significant buildings will be open for free, with a wealth of architectural styles, ranging from Gothic to whatever you’d call the multi-award winning Federation Square (we’re sure someone out there will be able to tell us).

With so many amazing, unique and beautiful buildings on show, Open House Melbourne has become a firm favourite. To learn more, we spoke to CEO, Paul Gurney, to get his advice on how to make the most of this exciting event.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Corner Flemington and Grattan Streets in Parkville

First, we got a little background on the event. Open House is all about inviting people to ‘explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.’ Sounds pretty good to us.

As always, the number of buildings open to the public has grown. A few of the newbies this year include Medibank Place, Koorie Heritage Trust, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Total House.

A super (not-so) secret tip straight from the reluctant CEO’s mouth (it was difficult for Paul to pick a favourite)–This year will be the last opportunity to see the Victorian Police Mounted Branch at Southbank. This venue has been one of the most popular buildings for many years, so we recommend arriving early, and perhaps even packing a sandwich or two to get you through any queues.

Medibank Place

Medibank Place, 720 Bourke Street, Docklands

As it’s impossible to see all of the buildings in one weekend, here are a few tips to get the most out of your Open House Melbourne weekend:

  • Buy the printed program from either our information hub at City Square or Federation Square
  • Follow the Open House Melbourne social media feeds (@Openhousemelbourne and #curiocity) for updates on queue length
  • Check out the buildings with no queues and look into those that offer self-guided tours
  • Thank (and give a smile to) the over 900 volunteers, countless building managers and security workers who bring you Open House Melbourne

The Open House Melbourne Weekend runs on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July, from 10am to 4pm on both days.