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Iconic buildings open their doors

13 Aug 2012

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Many iconic buildings across Melbourne opened their doors last month, for Open House Melbourne – a chance for people to really get to know the buildings that define their city.

Many local buildings were among those to let the masses in, including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the Mission to Seafarers, the Malthouse Theatre and many more.

MCEC had hundreds of people file into the building throughout the day, and CEO Peter King said the centre was thrilled to have people discover everything it had to offer.

“Open House Melbourne was a great opportunity for us to show off what we do and what an enormous asset the venue is to Melbourne,” Mr King said.

“We host almost 1000 events annually and have over 250,000 visitors, local and international, walk through our doors. Melburnians should be very proud of what we achieve here on a daily basis,” he added.

The day was just as successful for one of the most intriguing buildings in Melbourne, the Mission to Seafarers. Located just across the river, opposite the Hilton Hotel at South Wharf, CEO Andrea Fleming said the day was a great chance to educate people about what they do in the mysterious building.

“Many visitors on the day were surprised to learn that the building still welcomes seafarers daily,” Ms Fleming said.

A spokesperson from Open House Melbourne said the event was a great success and that it was great to provide Melburnians the chance to explore buildings they see every day, but don’t necessarily know much about.

“With its mix of old and new and a particular emphasis on the arts, Southbank proved very popular this year. A significant part of that was the brand-new Hamer Hall. It’s also clear that people love the NGV and the Victoria Police Mounted Branch because every year we open them we have thousands visit,” the spokesperson said.

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