Brisbane Open House is a free annual 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.
Selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage visitors to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane’s built environment. The experience opens people’s eyes and minds to good design and curious spaces.
The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 with great success, attracting more than 12,500 visits. Each year the event has continued to grow. In 2019, our tenth anniversary, BOH attracted 80,000 visits from over 35,000 participants to 119 sites.
In 2020 and 2021 the impact of Covid changed the way we did things. We created year-round offerings for smaller groups of participants. And 2022 marked some exciting changes to our well-loved event with the introduction of an Iconic Precinct to our BOH weekend and the addition of our annual Villages of Brisbane [VOB] event.
In 2022, we partnered with Aria Property Group to celebrate the Fish Lane Arts Precinct and we continue to support this precinct by offering guided walking tours. Find out more here. In 2023 our Iconic Precinct showcased the heritage gems and state-of-the-art medical labs of Herston Health & Heritage.
Our inaugural VOB celebrated Sandgate & Shorncliffe where many local buildings and places were open to the public, but it also featured a speaker series in the Sandgate Town Hall, as well as a number of walking tours and activations. Find out more here.
2023 VOB saw the vibrant hillside suburb of Paddington come alive with many open buildings, talks, guided tours and entertainment.
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