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The city keys are available to all during OHM

Open House Melbourne runs between the 27-28th of July, providing a unique opportunity to explore the history behind our iconic buildings

Words by: Farah Beaini
Photography by: Annie Yu

That’s right, Open House Melbourne (OHM) is back, bigger and better than ever!

For one whole weekend (27 – 28 July 2013), Open House Melbourne is your chance to visit and learn about 111 of Melbourne’s most significant architectural, historical and interesting buildings normally not accessible to the public.

The best part is that it’s totally free! Over 100 of these site visits do not require to be pre-booked, so all you need to do is turn up at one of the open buildings during the opening hours indicated on the building map and it’s yours to explore!

If that doesn’t get the feet wandering: Channel 9 Studios, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels and Towers, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Former Number 3. Carlton Fire Station, Melbourne Synagogue and The Guilfoyle are just some of the new, old and reused buildings opening their doors to the public.

With tens of thousands of people estimated to view the buildings on offer, planning ahead is essential. Here are five steps you can take to make the most out of your weekend:

  1. View the map of what’s open or download a list of the buildings;
  2. Read up on the Free Tours and other events;
  3. Create your own itinerary of the buildings that you find intriguing;
  4. Buy the Printed Program ($10) for extra content on each of the buildings, tours, opening hours and how best to navigate your weekend. Alternatively, you can download their app; and
  5. Start exploring Melbourne

With so much on offer, Open House Melbourne is a rare opportunity to explore your own home town and discover parts of Melbourne you have never seen before. Melbourne’s city keys are in your hands.

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