Cancel those weekend plans, folks, and invest in a pair of walking shoes because Open House Melbourne 2013 is almost here.
This is one of my favourite events of the year. Started in 2008, this free event sees some of Melbourne’s most significant buildings open their doors to the public for one wintry weekend. Wander through theatres, libraries, galleries, universities, churches, synagogues, museums, schools, offices, hospitals and some of the city’s most interesting residential houses — plus many more.
For me, at least, Open House is the perfect excuse to indulge that childhood urge to peek behind closed doors and climb forbidden staircases. For two short days of the year, the locks fall away and Melburnians are free to explore the nooks and crannies of their city.
This year, 111 buildings will participate in Open House. Unfortunately, ten of the buildings can only be visited with a ticket obtained via a ballot, and the ballot has now closed — but 101 buildings should be more than enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic explorer. There will also be a Speaker Series, featuring prominent Melbourne architects and designers; a Children’s Program; and a range of free tours. You can also download an iPhone and Android app, complete with Open House 2013 information and maps.
Dates: 27–28 July 2013