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Open House Weekend

21 – 22 October 2023

Free event

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we’re throwing open our doors for a free weekend of exploration and discovery.

If you’ve registered for Open House Weekend but are no longer able to attend, we ask that you return your tickets so that we may pass these on.

Step inside and see our house

The whole community is invited to wander through the corridors of this World Heritage-listed masterpiece, to explore our famous venues, witness the magic that takes place at the House*, including:

  • Access to behind-the-scenes of the House
  • Roving performances
  • Special exhibits by the Opera House’s resident companies including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare and Opera Australia
  • First Nations dance performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Mornington Island Dancers
  • John Coburn’s Curtain of the Sun which will be hung in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. 

This special edition of Open House Weekend — the first of its kind in eight years — is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a building that continues to inspire artists and audiences alike.

Join us to celebrate half a century of wonder as we set the stage for another fifty years of unforgettable experiences.

*Programming subject to change

Visiting during Open House Weekend

When visiting Open House Weekend please follow the signage, security screening and bag check procedures. All attendees must hold a valid ticket, including children. Please be ready to show your ticket to help our staff get you into the queue for the Opera House.

How do I get to the Opera House?

We strongly encourage you to leave the car at home and use public transport where possible. The Opera House Wilson car park will operate as usual, however it’s expected to reach capacity early. Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time as there is planned track work on some train lines. Visit Transport NSW’s website for more details on service changes.

Accessibility

The Opera House will be offering dedicated time slots for people who have mobility support needs or are wheelchair users who require an accessible route. A low sensory ‘Quiet Hour’ for those who prefer a reduced sensory experience is scheduled from 4pm on 21 October. Bookings can be made by calling +61 2 9250 7250.

Accessible toilets and adult changing room facilities are available. For further information, please contact our accessibility team at accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com

The Opera House Wilson car park located at 2 Macquarie Street includes 11 accessible parking spaces on level 1, and 12 accessible parking spaces on level 6. Both levels have access to lifts. The Opera House Wilson car park will operate as usual, however it’s expected to reach capacity early.

Eat and drink

Food and drink will be available to purchase from the Opera House’s Foyer Bars, House Canteen, and Opera Bar. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

Security

The safety and security of our visitors, patrons and staff is our highest priority. The Opera House works closely with the NSW Police and other relevant authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment.

As a condition of entry into the venue, bag inspections and electronic screening will be carried out at security checkpoints upon entry to the site. We strongly encourage patrons to leave bags at home and to avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House (anything larger than an A4 sheet of paper).

Artist Information

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

Other information

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