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 on the 24 + 25 July in 2021, where over 150 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 2021, it will take place on the 24 + 25 July.

Yes, you will have to register for this year’s program.
The majority of buildings are FREE – however to ensure the COVID-safety of our events and tours you will need to book your tickets in advance. Please plan ahead and turn up for your booked time slot.

First release bookings open on Friday 9 July at 12pm with the second release on Friday 16th July at 12pm. Check each building and event page for the direct ticketing link to book your spot.

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

Nearly all buildings’ Guided and/or Self-Guided tours 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.

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 via our program page here.

We have created a free map that you can pick up from the City of Melbourne Information Hub during the OHM Weekend.

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.