Open House Melbourne is a public architecture organisation that empowers citizens to be active participants in the building of their city. Their annual program of talks, tours, and interviews explore issues, challenges and success stories of Melbourne’s built environment.

At the heart of the program is the much-loved Open House Weekend, taking place each year at the end of July, where a number of significant buildings and sites across the city are open so people can learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.

The date changes each year, but it is always the last weekend in July. In 2023, it will take place on Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July.

For Open House Melbourne July Weekend 2022, most buildings and events are operating on a ‘first come, first in’ basis and don’t required bookings. Some buildings and events do require bookings and those that do will include a booking link on their website listing. Check individual pages for further booking details.

The majority of buildings are FREE.

For more about ticketing, read our Ticketing Terms and Conditions.

No – Open House Melbourne is a free event and open to all.

Nearly all guided and self-guided building tours, talks and events are free. A small number of events and buildings have pre-booked tours due to their limited capacity and will require a small commitment fee to reserve your place. This is indicated on individual building and event pages.

It is important for the organisation to meet best practice standards for sustainability and environmental sensitivities, so we are no longer printing the OHM program. All of the OHM Weekend sites and tours are available in detail here on our website.

Each year we create a printed map that you can pick up from the City of Melbourne Information Hub during the OHM Weekend for a small cost (this helps cover our cost of printing as a not-for-profit organisation).

Not all buildings will open every year for Open House Melbourne. In order to keep the program fresh, we like to cycle a variety of buildings through each year and therefore not all buildings can be reopened again.

We love the hundreds of volunteers that volunteer for Open House Melbourne each year – the event simply could not go ahead without the dedication and time put in by them.

View our Volunteer Page for available opportunities.