From blind-folded tours to Melbourne’s first morgue – explore Open House Melbourne

The Open House Melbourne Weekend celebrates its 12th year this weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. An exceptional program of 200 buildings

From historic and heritage-listed buildings to contemporary designs that are paving the way in sustainability and new technologies, the Open House Melbourne Weekend empowers people to engage with the built environment of their city.

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has facilitated more than 900,000 visits to more than 900 sites across Melbourne, enabling over 200,000 people to explore and celebrate their city.

Filming and interview opportunities are available in the lead-up and on the day of the event, some highlights in this year’s program include:

Sensory City Tours at Immigration Museum
400 Flinders St, Melbourne – 2-3pm

Starting with the Urban Tactility installation, participants will be led on a city tour blindfolded to see how low-vision or blind people navigate the city

Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt St, Southbank – 10am-3.45pm

Look into the hidden balconies, backstage, studios and rehearsal rooms of the new home of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, with chamber music and opera performances.

Ann St Morgue
82 Nelson Place, Williamstown – 11am-3.30pm

Built in 1859 near Gem Pier, where the overflow from the autopsies could
be swept into the sea. Bodies were encased in hessian bags and hung out of reach of rats.

Blunts Boat Builders Yard
150 Nelson Place, Williamstown – 10am-4pm

Fifth-generation family business which has been launching wooden boats into Port Phillip Bay for over 160 years.

Expected crowds and queues:

Port of Melbourne boat tours, Docklands
The Capitol, RMIT (pictured) in Swanston St, CBD.
Government House, Kings Domain.

You can view a list of the buildings available here: weekend-july-2019/

Open House Melbourne Weekend

27 and 28 July
10am – 4pm around Melbourne

Weekend spokespeople
OHM CEO Emma Telfer
OHM president Tim Leslie

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