Frequently Asked Questions


What is Brisbane Open House?

Brisbane Open House is a free-of-charge event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city. Held annually, selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage them to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane's built environment.

What is the date of Brisbane Open House and its operating times?

Brisbane Open House was held on the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October in 2016. Generally, buildings were open between 9-10am and closed between 3-4pm each day. Different buildings have different opening and closing times. Please confirm the opening and closing times for each building on this website closer to the date.

What buildings are open during the event?

Each year around 100 of Brisbane's best buildings and spaces participate in the program. The 2016 building list is available here

Where can I purchase a Brisbane Open House Guide?

Prior to the event the Brisbane Open House Guide can usually be purchased from our online shop and a range of retailers.

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes, admission to all buildings is free.

Where can I get more information?

Visit this website regularly, subscribe to our email newsletter, like us on Facebook, and Instagram, and follow us on Twitter for updates.

Will there be tours at each building?

Many Brisbane Open House buildings offer tours. Please look for the 'Saturday Tour Times' or 'Sunday Tour Times' sections on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm.

Can I pre-book or reserve my tour to secure access to Brisbane Open House buildings?

Most Brisbane Open House buildings cannot be pre-booked with visitors admitted on a first come, first served basis. Each year, however, a small number of buildings do require pre-booking. Closer to the 2017 event, Please visit the 'Pre-bookings' page of this website or check the Brisbane Open House guide for more information. At some of the Brisbane Open House buildings you can sign up for tours on the day when you arrive. Please look for the 'Saturday Tour Times' or 'Sunday Tour Times' sections on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm.

Where can I get a map that shows the buildings involved?

Each building page will have a map showing its location. There will also be a map featuring the locations of all the participating buildings in the official Brisbane Open House Guide.

Can I sponsor this event?

Each year the Brisbane Open House Management Committee offers a limited number of high profile sponsorship opportunities to selected organisations with an interest in Brisbane’s built environment and a desire to contribute to the city and the region’s cultural and economic future. For further information please email [email protected]

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House. Closer to the 2017 event, we will ask for volunteers to register on our volunteers page. We would love to have you on board!

How can I get my building into the Brisbane Open House program?

The Brisbane Open House Management Committee researches and coordinates the involvement of the buildings each year. Occasionally we do receive suggestions for buildings or places which could be included and we consider these on their individual merits. Buildings invited to participate in the Brisbane Open House event are selected based on their architectural significance and the fact that they are not usually accessible to the general public. If you would like to suggest a building which could be included in the program, please email [email protected]

Are children welcome at the buildings?

Yes definitely! Brisbane Open House usually offers a fun, interactive children’s program.

Am I allowed to photograph or record inside the buildings?

Generally yes. A small number of buildings and spaces do not allow photography. Please look for the 'Tour Tip' section on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm. If you enjoy capturing the character and essence of buildings bring your camera along on the day and enter your best photographs in our Photography Competition.

Is there access for people with disabilities?

Most buildings have access for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, a small number of buildings have limited or no wheelchair access. Please look for the 'Tour Tip' section on each building page on this website or in the guide to confirm.

Is parking available at each building?

No. There is no special parking for Brisbane Open House. There is limited paid and street car parking in each of the precincts. We recommend using Brisbane’s public transport system, or enjoy walking and riding between buildings and precincts.

How can I enter the 2016 Brisbane Open House Photography Competition?

Entries have now closed for the 2016 Focus on Architecture Photography Competition and Secondary School Photography Competition. These competitions were open to everyone interested in architecture and architectural photography. Entries were open for photos taken on the Brisbane Open House weekend (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October) and uploaded to the Brisbane Open House website (based on competition guidelines).

How can I make the most of Brisbane Open House?

Closer to our 2017 event, purchase the Brisbane Open House Guide book from our online shop or from one of our stockists and plan your weekend. Make sure you wear sun protection and don’t forget your camera!