Brisbane Open House

What is Brisbane Open House?

Brisbane Open House is a FREE 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.

BOH is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a global network of Open House events which has become a worldwide movement. Other cities include New York, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Chicago, Barcelona and Dublin.

Each Open House city is run as an independent organisation but all adhere to a shared set of values and ideals. For more information visit www.openhouseworldwide.org

What is the date of Brisbane Open House?

In 2019 Brisbane Open House will be held Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October.

What buildings are open during the event?

In 2018, 114 buildings and spaces participated in the program – you’ll find the full list here

The list of buildings which will open for next years Brisbane Open House will not be announced until September 2019. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with all BOH news!

Where can I get a copy of the Brisbane Open House guidebook?

Each year limited copies of the BOH guidebook can be collected from the following bookstores:

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes, admission to all buildings is free.

Most BOH events are also free – however a few may attract a cost.

BOH is not-for-profit and is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a global network of Open House events (in over 40 cities!) which has become a worldwide movement.

Each Open House city is run as an independent organisation but all adhere to a shared set of values and ideals, including that all buildings will open for free! For more information visit www.openhouseworldwide.org

Where can I get more information?

Visit this website regularly for updates but also be sure to 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 buildings offer guided and/or self guided tours.

The availability of tours will be listed on each building page –  look for the ‘Saturday Tour Times’ or ‘Sunday Tour Times’.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au 

Pre-booked buildings - What you need to know!

Most buildings do not require bookings, however private homes and some special heritage buildings do require bookings.  We understand each year the demand for tickets is high, which is why we try and keep the pre-booked buildings to a bare minimum.

Buildings which require bookings are identified with the text ‘Booking Required’ on the building website pages and in the printed guidebook.

Tips for booking:

  • Bookings can only be made through this website.
  • Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • Each pre-booked building has a booking link on its building webpage – this will link through to the ticketing platform Eventbrite.
  • Most pre-booked buildings only allow 2 tickets per order.
  • To book you will need to create an Eventbrite account.
  • As tickets go quickly we suggest you create an Eventbrite account before bookings open to help fast track your check out once tickets go live.
  • If you are unsure how to perform an online booking, consider asking for help from a friend or family member, or drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Where can I get a map that shows the buildings?

Each year limited copies of the BOH printed fold-out map can be collected from the following bookstores:

There is also an electronic map of all the buildings here  – this map is interactive and you sort by date, precinct or building type at the top of the page!

 

Can I sponsor this event?

Each year Brisbane Open House offers a number of 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 media@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Each year volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House.

Volunteer registrations for 2019 are not open yet, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and keep up to date on all volunteering and event information.

Can I suggest a building for Brisbane Open House?

If you would like to suggest a building which could be included in next years program, please complete a building suggestion form here.

Buildings invited to participate in Brisbane Open House are selected based on their architectural significance and the fact that they are not usually accessible to the general public.

 

Are children welcome at the buildings?

Brisbane Open House is family friendly, with many buildings offering children’s activities – you’ll find more information here

Please note if you have booked tickets for a pre-booked building or tour, you will need to book a ticket for each member of your party, including children.

Am I allowed to photograph or record inside the buildings?

Generally yes – although a small number of buildings do not allow photography.

The ‘Tour Tip’ section on each building page will confirm if there are photography restrictions – if you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Remember you can enter your best photographs into our annual 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.

The ‘Tour Tip’ section on each building page will confirm if there are access restrictions – if you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Is parking available at each building?

There is no special parking for Brisbane Open House at each building – 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 Brisbane Open House Photography Competition?

Each year BOH invites photographers to capture images over the BOH weekend and enter shots into our Photography Competition – it’s a fun and easy way to get involved, but also gives us an amazing perspective of the weekend with images from many sets of eyes, creative approaches and experiences.

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and keep up to date on all upcoming Photography Competition news and information. You can view the 2018 winning and shortlisted entrants here.