Back by popular demand, Brisbane Open House is a tour showcasing architectural and historical wonders of the city.

The event, held annually in conjunction with World Architecture day, features a selected number of buildings and spaces open to the public for self-guided tours. Launched in 2010, the event attracts over 30,000 visitors every year and the range of sites to visit is ever-expanding with a total of 89 spaces to be featured this year. Some of the sites to visit include galleries, museums, places of worship, historical landmarks, office buildings and bridges, not normally open to the public.

This year’s event is also offering a fun-filled, jam-packed children’s program so that the event can be enjoyed by the whole family!

Some of the activities for kids include:

  • Build a clock tower at City Hall using recycled materials
  • Enjoy a hands-on workshop inspired by the artworks of artist Anna Carey from the Museum of Brisbane’s current exhibition, David Malouf and Friends
  • Turn a rooftop terrace into a cardboard city with pdt architects
  • “Create your own living room” at the bureau^proberts studio
  • Make orange origami stars to contribute to Thomson Adsett’s ‘1 million stars to end violence’ installation
  • Enjoy colouring-in, pipetting, working with coloured liquids and scientific dress-ups at QIMR Berghofer
  • Tennis for kids with ANZ Hot Shots at Queensland’s home of Tennis
  • The first 100 children to visit Shingle Inn City Hall Restaurant on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October will each receive a cupcake…for free
  • Australian Institute of Architect’s construct a Lego architectural masterpiece
  • Griffith Film School’s make a miniature movie flip book
  • Roma Street Station’s Fire Truck display
  • Free Brisbane Open House Children’s activity booklet featuring sketches by some of Brisbane’s premier architects, landscape architects and artists.

Brisbane is open for inspection on Saturday 11 October and Sunday 12 October. For more information, visit the event guide.