Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne is a chance to get to know the buildings you pass by often, but never get the chance to experience. The tours are free and are a great way to learn more about the architecture, history, art and culture of Victoria. Running for two days, over 100 buildings are expected to participate in the 2013 open house event. The tours include courtrooms, museums, hotels, research laboratories, apartment buildings, baths, cemeteries, churches, office buildings and libraries. A listing of the 2015 participants has not yet been released, but will be shortly!
Notable Buildings From Previous Editions of Open House Melbourne
19th Century Buildings
Among the older buildings on the tour, St. Paul's Cathedral was built in 1880. The tour guided visitors to the altar, processional doors and lantern spire. This building is constructed of sandstone instead of bluestone and is an excellent example of architecture from the 19th century.
Melbourne City Baths, built in 1860, features pools and historical photos. Visitors can see the gym and venture to the rooftop to catch better views of the surrounding city. Built by notable Victorian architect JJ Clark, the baths are among the most distinctive Edwardian Baroque structures around.
Visitors were also treated to a tour of Parliament House, built in 1856. Here, they were able to walk through the beautiful Queen's Hall and onto the floor of the Legislative Assembly chamber. The Parliamentary Library was also on the tour so visitors could see firsthand where the laws of Victoria are made.
20th Century Buildings
Grainger Museum, constructed in 1935, was dedicated to the city of Melbourne by virtuoso pianist and composer Percy Aldridge Grainger. A unique autobiographical museum, it features memories of Grainger's life and musical career and also important musical achievements by other local musicians.
Built in 1909, the newly renovated University of Melbourne Boathouse recently won awards for its design. Unusual yet beautiful, this boathouse was one of the surprising highlights of previous years events.
21st Century Buildings
Built in 2009, the Denmark House is normally only open to Danish and Australian members. Tours allowed visitors to experience the modern Danish design, complete with the furniture Danish designers are known for. The building has an open, comfortable feel that's very inviting.
Keeping the history of "Little Lon" alive, the Urban Workshop was constructed in 2006. One of the newest buildings on the tour, the Urban Workshop showcases relics from local archeological digs. Visitors were also treated to the spectacular views of the MCG and Treasury Gardens from the 33rd floor of the building.
Where to Stay During Open House Melbourne
Instead of staying in a crowded hotel during your holiday to Melbourne, consider a holiday rental. Here, travellers can unwind and enjoy one of the area's homes while saving money to spend on other adventures. These homes, apartments and condos are fully furnished and include money-saving smaller units ideal for families and children and large homes perfect for larger groups.
Whether you come to Melbourne for the Open House Melbourne event or just to explore the city, a holiday to Melbourne will be remembered fondly.