Heavenly program as Open House Melbourne returns

Footscray’s eye-catching Heavenly Queen Temple will open two new spaces to the public, while the new Melbourne Holocaust Museum will also be open for the first time.

Footscray’s eye-catching Heavenly Queen Temple will open two new spaces to the public for the first time as Open House Melbourne returns.

The newly completed ‘Right Wing’ Buddhist hall and ‘Memorial Hall’ at the towering golden-statued Maribyrnong River spiritual precinct are part of 83 buildings new to the program as the place and design weekend has its first physical incarnation in three years.

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The new Melbourne Holocaust Museum will also be open to the public for the first time across the July 30 and 31 weekend, ahead of its opening in January 2023.

Architect Kerstin Thompson AM and museum chief executive Jayne Josem will host a special tour of the Elsternwick architectural space before it is fit out with exhibits.

This year’s theme of ‘Built/Unbuilt’ will also include a digital guided tour of City of Melbourne’s 40 best playgrounds, three Melbourne cemeteries and the old Holden Factory in Firshermen’s Bend.

Collingwood Yards is another new inclusion, while the ‘Take Hold of The Clouds’ exhibition across seven iconic city buildings and urban spaces will be a focal point.

Open House Melbourne executive director and chief curator Fleur Watson said this year was one of its “most exciting and largest programs to date”.

“The Open House weekend offers an opportunity to reconnect with and celebrate the buildings and spaces of the city while also reflecting on how to best shape its future,” she said.

There are more than 218 events, 94 building tours, plus talks, film screenings and workshops. See the full program.

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