Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne

Visitors walk through the institute's galleria

Come and visit us!

We're participating in Open House Melbourne on Sunday 28 July, 10am-4pm.

Join a guided tour, explore our facilities, and hear from scientists about exciting advances in medical research. 

See where medical research happens

Fully accessible guided tours will depart every 15 minutes (running for 30 minutes). The last tour departs at 3.30pm. 

Self-guided tours (to limited areas) are also available.

Children under 12 years can participate in the self-guided tour and science activities but are unable to partake in the guided tour of laboratories. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

*Please wear closed-toe shoes if you are paticipating in a guided tour

Family activities

Learn and discover more about science in the interactive activity area:

  • meet Techo, the humanoid robot

  • try some simple coding

  • build DNA models

  • learn microscopy


  • Visit our state-of-the-art laboratories

  • Talk to our friendly and informative scientists 

  • Explore our galleria, featuring a timeline of our major discoveries and a 30-metre animation wall

  • Meet Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-winning biomedical animator Dr Drew Berry and see the latest works from his WEHI.TV animation team

  • Experiment with some science-based activities

  • Enjoy the view over Parkville from our open plan communal spaces

About Open House Melbourne

Since 2008, the annual Open House Melbourne weekend has been connecting people with the carefully crafted spaces, impressive architecture and historic buildings of Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne is about the places that form the foundation of our city and how this reflects the way we live and work.

On Sunday 28 July, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will welcome the public to explore the inner workings of Australia’s oldest and largest medical research institute.

Plan your visit

We're located at 1G Royal Parade, Parkville. 

More information

About our building

In 2012 the Institute's major building redevelopment project was completed. 

Denton Corker Marshall and laboratory design specialists SKM-S2F worked together to design a new building and renovate the existing building, combining elegant architecture with innovative technology. 

The result is a world-class facility designed to attract, house and inspire the brightest scientific and professional talent. 



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