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In the Weekend’s largest precinct, there is so much to do in the City of Melbourne… here’s just a few suggestions about where to start!

On Friday night, begin with the Edmond and Corrigan open studio + talk, a visit to the former office of the iconic architecture practice Edmond and Corrigan, constructed in 1986, and now the home of architecture practice Simulaa.

Take a self-guided journey of the Secret Laneways Through the City and discover three different paths celebrating urban design initiatives across the central city. Grab a coffee or lunch along the way as you navigate this quintessentially Melbourne experience.

Take a rare look inside Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub at Melbourne Grammar School, a unique space for learning and teaching which supports students’ scientific and technology-driven investigations and encourages creativity, learning and social interaction. The building won the 2018 AIA Victorian Chapter Award for Educational Architecture.

Gospel Hall Melbourne is the oldest evangelical Chinese church in Australian with a 150+ history born in the gold rush era. Visit on Saturday to chat with congregation members about the history of the church and its architecture.

On Saturday, tour narrm ngarrgu Library with designers Six Degrees architects. The library is a cornerstone of the Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal which celebrates Kulin arts and culture. Families will love OPEN Play at narrm ngarrgu the following day, a chance for little designers to get creative.

Take a tour or participate in a workshop at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre with activities programmed for all ages, showcasing the centre’s medical and cultural history as a hospital of innovation with feminist values.

Tasma Terrace is the home of the National Trust Australia (Victoria), a terrace building rarely opened to the public and a fine example of 19th-century residential architecture. Tours are available on Saturday and you can wander through to get a sense of life in a grand terrace home.

On Saturday, tour the University of Melbourne Student Precinct Project, a once-in-a-generation infrastructure project for University of Melbourne across throughout 24,000 square metres of new and refurbished buildings and 12,000 square metres of new landscape (and visit the incredible Melbourne School of Design while you’re here).

The Arcadian also known as Loco Hall, is the original home of the Australian Federation of Locomotive Enginemen, or the railways union. Built in 1914, the space is now home to the Panarcadian Association of Melbourne “O Kolokotronis”. Join one of several daily tours of this historic space showcasing its many original features. The building will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

From Ned Kelly’s armour to a LEGO model of the Library, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the State Library of Victoria, established in 1854 and today comprising 23 architecturally-designed buildings. You can wander through the library or book a spot on a  Heritage Architecture tour to really get beneath the surface of this important space, open both days of The Weekend.

The Capitol RMIT, built in 1924 and described as ‘the best cinema that was ever built or is ever likely to be built,’ is an important example of Marion Mahoney Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin’s commercial architectural work, and a significant cultural building in Melbourne’s arts spine. The building will be open on Sunday.

Make your way to Melbourne Arts Precinct for a full program of experiences – you may need a second Weekend to fit it all in!

There is so much to see and do in the City of Melbourne, from free activities and cultural experiences now is the time to plan your Weekend to RE/DISCOVER your city.

A selection of City of Melbourne program

Edmond & Corrigan, 46 Little Latrobe Street, with employee of the office Marc Dixon leaning from library window, Photograph by John Gollings, 1993
Open Access, Talk/Presentation
Edmond and Corrigan Office open studio + talk

Friday 26 July

Guilford Lane. Photo: David Hannah.
Self Guided Tour
Secret Laneways Through the City

Exterior of black building with bands of glazing following the curvature of the form. Grass field in foreground and blue and white cloudy sky in the background.
Open Access
Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub at Melbourne Grammar School

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

A historic building's facade with ornate brickwork and an arched entryway and arched windows at either side of the entry. a sign with chinese characters hangs above the central entrance, which features a dark wooden door.
Open Access
Gospel Hall Melbourne

Saturday 27 July

People with shopping bags walking down Therry St, past the entrance to narrm ngarrgu, showing St Ali Coffee with white umbrellas on the footpath, underneath the bold red and white facade screens by artist Rose Nolan
Open Access, Building Tour
narrm ngarrgu Library

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

1. Two children playing in cardboard house
2. Child cutting cardboard
Open Access
OPEN Play at narrm ngarrgu

Sunday 28 July

Low angle of orange brick building facade with blurred tree branches on the edge
Open Access, Building Tour, Talk/Presentation, Exhibition, Workshop
Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

An image of cast iron lace workm balconies and verandahs taken from the outside of a building. This image is taken from the side. There are tree branches which have green leaves on the righthand side of the image.
Open Access
Tasma Terrace

Saturday 27 July

Looking into the central courtyard, with planting shown
Walking Tour, Site Tour
Melbourne Connect and the University of Melbourne Student Precinct Public Space Tour

Saturday 27 July

The building was built in 1914 for the railway union and called Loco Hall, the top of the parapet has a model of a train. Ground floor has 4 shop fronts and the main entrance to the foyer and ballroom beyond. The architecture of the building is as was originally designed.
Open Access, Building Tour
The Arcadian (Loco Hall)

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

A large, very old reading room that is round in shape. The room is four stories high, and along the walls are balconies and shelves of old books. There are dark timber chairs and desks arranged around the room, and old green lamps sitting on the desks. Around the top of the room are six circular windows, the ceiling is not in view. There are no people in the room.
Open Access
State Library Victoria

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

Inside larger heritage building with columns and decorative ceilings
Building Tour
State Library Victoria Heritage Architecture

Saturday 27 July, Sunday 28 July

An early 20th century black and white photograph of the interior of a theatre with ornate curtains concealing the screen.
Building Tour, Open Access
The Capitol, RMIT

Sunday 28 July