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Sydney Open

Sydney Open

The Sydney Open is a one-day event that offers a chance to explore the city’s most historic and significant buildings, religious structures and architectural monuments.

Come and be a part of this event and explore some of the best architectural accomplishments in the city. If you love history, architecture and design, you’ll love the Sydney Open!

Sydney Open 2024, Dates, Tickets, Building List, Times, & Program

Presented by Museums of History NSW, Sydney Open opens the doors to some of the most historically and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces across Sydney.

Sydney Open grants you access to some of Sydney’s most historically and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces.

You’ll have the opportunity to tour buildings and spaces you may otherwise never be able to access and visit ones rarely open to the public. You’ll also be able to go behind the scenes in some properties and listen to experts talk about a building’s significance and what takes place there.

A City Pass is your ticket to Sydney Open. It gives you access to 40 properties, from the CBD to the Eastern Suburbs, allowing you to explore them at your leisure.

To be part of the Sydney Open, purchase a City Pass ticket and wear your City Pass wristband on the day. It must be displayed to gain entry to all sites. MHNSW members will be issued a wristband with a different colour to general ticket holders. This wristband will provide members-only access to buildings for Members Hour and an exclusive Sydney Open VIP Lounge at The Mint.

Sydney Open is a self-guided experience. You are advised to plan your day according to your interests and fitness level. Each building and space is unique, with a different form of access and points of interest.

Many buildings offer drop-in tours and talks throughout the day. These talks and tours cannot be pre-booked and may have limited capacity, so arrive early to avoid missing out.

Most of the buildings and spaces allow photography; however, it’s recommended you check individual buildings for any restrictions on photography. If you’re unsure when you’re at a property, ask the guides and volunteers first.

Wear your City Pass wristband and bring water, sunscreen, a hat, wet-weather gear (just in case), snacks, a camera, and a fully charged mobile phone to take lots of photos. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

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