Open House Melbourne

We are proud to be a precinct partner in this year's Open House Melbourne Weekend, taking place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2019.

Explore some of Boroondara’s most iconic buildings during the weekend. Take a tour and discover exceptional architecture or talk to a local historian to hear unique stories that have survived through Federation, the Great Depression and two world wars.

Places to visit in Boroondara

© Boroondara General Cemetery

Boroondara General Cemetery

430 High Street, Kew

Open: Saturday

Visit one of Victoria’s oldest cemeteries, featuring the still-operational 1850s gatehouse and clock tower.

Plan your visit to Boroondara General Cemetary

© Farley Webb Photography


Kew - full address available on booking

Tours of this building are fully booked.

Built in the 19th century, Willsmere was one of the largest asylums ever built in Australia.

Plan your visit to Willsmere


Tay Creggan

30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn

Open: Sunday

One of Victoria’s most unique buildings, Tay Creggan is now home to Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar.

Plan your visit to Tay Creggan            

Kew Court House

186 High Street, Kew

Open: Saturday and Sunday

Explore this prominent and iconic fixture of Kew Junction and discover its early history.

Plan your visit to Kew Court House

© Russell Winnell

Villa Alba Museum

44 Walmer Street, Kew

Open: Saturday and Sunday

Villa Alba is one of the finest examples of late 19th century decoration in Australia.

Plan your visit to the Villa Alba Museum


Hawthorn Tram Depot

8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn

Open: Saturday and Sunday

Visit the Hawthorn Tram Depot to learn the history of Melbourne’s unique trams and tramways system.

Plan your visit to the Hawthorn Tram Depot

Hawthorn Arts Centre

360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Open: Saturday and Sunday

Discover the Hawthorn landmark that is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful arts centres.

Plan your visit to Hawthorn Arts Centre

Immaculate Conception Church

 345 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Open: Sunday

Explore one of Victoria’s more impressive suburban churches, with its outstanding Gothic tower.

Plan your visit to the Immaculate Conception Church

© Richard Schipper

Hawthorn Telephone Exchange

375 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Open: Saturday and Sunday

Uncover this hidden gem of Australia’s telecommunications history inside the former telephone exchange.

Plan your visit to the Hawthorn Telephone Exchange

Open House Melbourne is a chance for the community to celebrate Melbourne’s architecture and heritage by opening buildings of significance over one weekend.

There's something for everyone, including child-friendly activities and tours.

More information

For information, contact Boroondara Arts on 9278 4770 or email [email protected]

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