What is Brisbane Open House?

Brisbane Open House [BOH] is an annual FREE event, where selected buildings across the city are opened for the public for guided or self-guided tours, encouraging exploration, re-examination and engagement with Brisbane’s built environment.

BOH provides residents and visitors with an opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city.

BOH is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a global network of Open House events which has become a worldwide movement. International cities include New York, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Chicago, Barcelona and Dublin. Locally Melbourne, and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts also host Open House events.

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?

Brisbane Open House [BOH] 2024 will be held over the weekend of 13+14 July. See our 2024 program here.

Sign up to our email list (if you haven’t already) to be the first in the know about our annual calendar of events and the 2024 Brisbane Open House weekend!

Where can I find out more about last year's (2023) BOH event?

Go to the 2023 Brisbane Open House page on our website to see last year’s event report, video, photo album and participating buildings.

Where can I read the event reports?

You can find the 2023 and previous year, event reports on our Partner Page.

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes, the Brisbane Open House weekend is a FREE public access event.

BOH is not-for-profit and is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a network of Open House events (in over 50 cities!) which is a global 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

What are the Villages of Brisbane?

Each year we will introduce a new Village of Brisbane to showcase local communities across the greater Brisbane region and the vast and diverse history and design of different areas of Brisbane.

Villages of Brisbane [VOB] 2024 will celebrate New Farm.

In 2023 we celebrated Paddington and 2022 celebrted Sandgate.


What buildings are open during the BOH event?

Our 2024 program will look different, with a focus on inner-city Brisbane, as well as celebrating New Farm as our 2024 Village of Brisbane.

Buildings will be a range of heritage, adaptive reuse, architecturally significant and brilliant, private homes, public and Government buildings and spaces.

See the 2024 Program here.

Sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to find out!

Do I have to book all the buildings I want to see?

For the most part, no, you don’t need tickets or to book in advance for Brisbane Open House.

The majority of buildings, spaces, structures, places are openly accessible. Some tours require on-the-day registration, others are pre-booked.



How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House. We value their energy and time in helping bring this event together.

If you’re keen, fill out our volunteer registration form.



Are children welcome at the buildings?

Brisbane Open House is a family-friendly event, with many buildings offering children’s’ activities.

If visiting residential homes, please note each buildings requirements of entry.


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 in doubt, please check upon arrival.

Remember you can enter your best photographs into our annual Photography Competition – details to be released.


How can I enter the Brisbane Open House Photography Competition?

Details of our 2024 Photography Competition will be released soon. Make sure to sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to find out!

Visit our Photography Competition page to browse previous winning entries.


How do I know which buildings have wheelchair access?

Most buildings and the hop-on hop-off bus have access for people with disabilities – unfortunately, a small number of buildings have limited or no wheelchair access. These details will be available on release of the BOH program.


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. More information on getting to the event and getting around the event will be available in 2024.



Can I sponsor or partner with this event?

Each year Brisbane Open House offers a number of partnership 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 view our Partner page or contact us.