Art & Design

Top 10 Places To Check Out During Open House Melbourne Weekend

By Ben Tyers
19th Jul 2017

Open House Melbourne has become a staple of the ever-busy Melbourne event scene, and this year is the biggest yet with more than 200 buildings available to check out over 29 and 30 July.

But, of course, with more than 200 buildings on offer your hardest task is working out which ones you’ll actually head along to see, that’s where we come in.

Here are our top 10 places (that aren’t already booked out) to check out during Open House Melbourne weekend.

  1. Melbourne Town Hall | Filling the space on the corner of Swanston & Collins since 1870, Town Hall is one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. Bookings are still available.
  2. Melbourne City Baths | Since 1860 the Melbourne City Baths have been keeping Melburnian’s squeaky clean. Open from 10am – 2pm on both days.
  3. Myer Mural Hall | The mural hall—completed in 1933—showcases ten murals that pay homage to celebrated historical female figures renowned in various fields. Open from 10am – 3:45pm on Sunday.
  4. Old Treasury Building | Now a museum, the Old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne’s finest examples of Renaissance Revival style. Open both days 10am – 4pm.
  5. Russel Place Substation | Checking out the Russel Place Substation gives you a behind the scenes look at what powers Melbourne in one of the oldest substations in the city. Open both days 10am – 4pm.
  6. St Paul’s Cathedral | One of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks, St Paul’s has towered over Flinders Street since the late 1800’s. Open Saturday 10am – 3pm, and Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
  7. Mission To Seafarers | Take a self-guided tour through the now 100-year-old Mission To Seafarers as you take in the two distinct architectural styles of Spanish Mission and Arts and Crafts. Open Sunday 10am – 4pm.
  8. Hawthorn Tram Depot | Get a look inside the former Hawthorn Tram Depot where you’ll find an array of Melbourne trams including original cable trams that used to rumble along our streets. Open both days 10am – 4pm.
  9. Jacks Magazine | If you’re a Masterchef fan you may have seen Jacks Magazine on a recent episode. You can check out the former explosive storage site on Saturday 10am – 3:30pm.
  10. Government House | Built between 1872 and 1876, Government House has been the home of the Governor Of Victoria ever since. It’s open Saturday 10am – 4pm.

As part of Open House Melbourne there are also some great talks and events you can check out, get the full rundown here.

Image credit: Open House Melbourne | Andy Gibson

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