Brisbane Open House
King George Square, Brisbane City
Saturday // 9am to 5pm
Sunday // 9am to 5pm
General access and guided tours

Visit heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall, the civic heart of the city and backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events. Discover Museum of Brisbane sitting atop the restored City Hall, visit the council Chambers or take a trip up the iconic Clock Tower.

Built between 1920 and 1930, Brisbane City Hall has played an important role in the lives of our community in times of war, peace and celebration, earning it the title of the ‘People’s Place’. City Hall is a symbol of civic pride and one of Brisbane’s greatest icons. The construction took 10 years making it the second largest construction of its time next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The building was officially opened on 8 April 1930 by Queensland Governor Sir John Goodwin.

The building contains notable technical achievements for its time and is a fine example of a classical revival civic building with a modern steel reinforced concrete column and beam structure.  City Hall closed in 2010 for restoration and upgrades valued at $215 million, and re-opened in 2013.

Brisbane City Council partnered with the National Trust of Queensland to help save this iconic building for future generations. As well as being the civic seat of the city and home to the Lord Mayor, City Hall remains open to the public every day.


Heritage Tours 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Clock Tower Tours every 15mins


For Heritage Tours – book online at or call 3339 0845. Tour numbers are limited. Tours depart from City Hall Foyer, King George Square.

For Clock Tower Tours – pre-bookings are not available. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Departing from Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, King George Square. Tour numbers are limited.

What's Open

All foyers and public spaces of the building, Shingle Inn and Museum of Brisbane

Additional Activities

Saturday 9.30am FREE Elegant Strings concert


Brisbane City Hall

1920-30: Original construction // 2010-2013: Restoration
Original architect: Hall & Prentice // 2010-2013 Restoration: Tanner GHD