15th-16th July 2023
Brisbane Open House is an annual event which allows you to explore heritage, religious and cultural buildings, places and spaces you may not otherwise see.
It is free event run by a not-for-profit organisation with assistance from government and corporate sponsorship.
Around 80 spaces and places will be open for tours. In our area these will include Coronet Court, the Powerhouse, the Howard Smith Wharves, the Wickham and Jubilee hotels, the Valley Baths, Brisbane Grammar, the Old Museum, the 4ZZZ radio studios, the Old Windmill and St Paul’s Presbyterian Church at Spring Hill.
Perennial favourites City Hall, Anzac Square, the Masonic Centre, St John’s and St Stephen’s Cathedrals, Old Government House, the current Government House, State Parliament, the Macarthur Museum and the Commissariat Store will also be open.
History Society member Robert Allen will be running tours at the Princess Theatre on the Saturday.
This year’s ‘Iconic Precinct’ is the Herston Hospital and Medical Research quarter. Several old and new buildings will be open, including the Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home, the Nurse Cavell Building, the Mayne Medical School and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Centre.
Some buildings will be open all weekend, others only on Saturday or Sunday. Most buildings do not require advance booking although a few do, so its worth checking ahead of time.