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 2020 Brisbane Open House will have a digital program.
In 2021 the free weekend event will be on 10 & 11 July in a season starting 26 June 2021 in line with school holidays.
What buildings are open during the event?
In 2019, 119 buildings and spaces participated in the program. The list of buildings can be viewed here.
Where can I get a copy of the Brisbane Open House guidebook?
Is Brisbane Open House free?
Yes, in 2021 when we run the free weekend again, admission to all buildings will be free.
Most BOH events are also free – however a few 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 50 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?
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 email@example.com
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.
Pre-booking will be available in June 2021 for the 10 & 11 July program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get a map that shows the buildings?
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!
There is also maps in the BOH guidebook can be collected from the following bookstores:
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 email@example.com
Can I volunteer?
Yes! Each year volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House.
Volunteer registrations are now open for our 2019 event, register your interest in volunteering HERE!
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 – all kid’s activities and family friendly buildings will be announced when we launch the full program in September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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. This year you can also make the most of the BOH Shuttle Buses – more info here.
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.
Where do the BOH Shuttle Buses go to and from?
We are excited to be working with the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society (QOCS) to bring visitors shuttle bus rides through some of our most popular precincts.
Jump on board one of the heritage buses – there are three loops to choose from City Centre, Spring Hill or South Brisbane, all routes start and end Adelaide St in the city (Stop 21).
Use the buses as a jump on jump off experience, or just grab a lift one way – rides are a suggested gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to the QOCS to help them preserve more of our transport heritage.
There are 3 bus loops to choose from – City Centre, Spring Hill/Valley or South Brisbane.
Check out the precinct maps for routes and bus stops – and look out for the old school buses!
You can learn more information here.