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Open House Melbourne 2019

Location Melbourne General Cemetery - Gate Lodge, College Crescent Entrance Avenue, Parkville, Vic 3052

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Due to current government restrictions, we will not be hosting tours until 2021. You are welcome to sign up to receive notification of tours and events once rescheduled, thank you.

This year at Open House Melbourne, become entrenched in the history of Melbourne General Cemetery.

Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city's most significant buildings.

Melbourne General Cemetery’s heritage-listed Gate Lodge will again be opened to the public from 10.00am - 4.00pm on 27th and 28th July 2019, along with free guided tours.

View a wonderful display of nineteenth century mourning dresses and take a free guided tour throughout our heritage listed site.

Visitors can participate in self-guided tours or book in for free guided tours of the Gate Lodge and cemetery, visiting a number of notables including Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, explorers Burke and Wills and the famous ghost of the Princess Theatre, Federici.


What's Open at Melbourne General Cemetery?

Most spaces of the historic Gate Lodge are open, including the boardroom and rear room on the ground floor and the entire second floor. A wonderful display of mourning dresses from the nineteenth century loaned from the National Trust will be exhibited within the Gate Lodge along with antique furniture pieces, artefacts and historical panels.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information please call (03) 8558 8210 or email

Tram Stops:

  • Routes 1, 8; Stop 114 Princess St & Lygon St
  • Route 19; Gatehouse St/College Crescent & Royal Pde


  • Limited mobility access
  • Pram accessible