Brisbane Open House

Discover our city’s rich history, diverse architecture, and the hidden workings of many of our remarkable buildings at Brisbane Open House on the weekend of 11 and 12 October.

This free event gives Brisbane residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore behind the scenes of many of our historical, architectural and working buildings. Each year since 2010, Brisbane Open House has opened the doors of our city, enabling us to discover and engage with a wide range of buildings and spaces through guided and self-guided tours. This year, over 90 buildings are involved in the program, including commercial, cultural, religious, heritage, educational, sporting and residential locations throughout the city. Some venues require bookings for tours, while others allow general access within set times.

A series of free talks also forms part of the programme, featuring influential architects, designers and planners, discussing the ideas and influences that shape our city.

Children are welcome to any of the venues and tours, and indeed many of the buildings cater for families by providing activities and events specifically for children.

Over the past few years my visits have included the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s fascinating backstage tour, Brisbane Square Library (adults and children love watching the book sorting machine in action!), the Masonic Memorial Temple and Old Government House. All of these venues have been well worth visiting and I am now busily planning this year’s itinerary.

State Library of Queensland is also included in the Brisbane Open House programme, hosting several bookable guided tours as well as general access on both days. On Saturday, you can tour our climate controlled repository, where we store rare and restricted material, and the conservation lab, where experts preserve and repair items. On the Sunday, tours of SLQ’s award-winning building will feature Fiona Foley’s stunning Black Opium artwork, the magnificent Queensland Terrace, and a special curator’s tour of the Hot Modernism exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming you and showing off our spectacular building and modern facilities. It will also be the last chance to see Hot Modernism, which closes on 12 October.

View the Brisbane Open House website at for tour tips, to plan your itinerary, book tours and find out opening times.

To book tours of SLQ, visit our booking page.



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