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Open House Melbourne: Drum Theatre

Open House Melbourne: Drum Theatre

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne weekend has grown to be one of the most widely attended cultural events in Victoria, and on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, Dandenong will open its doors to some of its most iconic buildings, including The Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre.

Originally built as The Dandenong Town Hall in 1890 on the corners of Lonsdale and Walker streets, it has stood the test of time.

Originally built as a combined Shire Hall and Mechanics Institute, it has also fulfilled the role of public hall, court house, local library and council chambers, and has witnessed numerous celebrations, ceremonies and public meetings throughout its 127 year history.

In 2006 it was re-imagined and re-developed in to the 521 seat Drum Theatre which stands today.

Dates: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 2017
Times: 10am - 4pm 

Open House Melbourne Programs

Drum Theatre will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the day to celebrate Open House Melbourne.

Drum Theatre Guided Tours
You’re welcome to take a guided theatre through the Drum Theatre and Dandenong Town Hall, and learn about the architecture and history of the building which is iconic to Dandenong.

Tour Times (Saturday and Sunday)
10am - 10.45am
11.15am - 12pm
12.30pm - 1.15pm
1.45pm - 2.30pm
3pm - 3.45pm

The Marriage of Architecture
A conversation with the Drum Theatre’s architectures William Ross, who will take you through the 2006 redevelopment of the Dandenong Town Hall and Drum Theatre. It will include a backstage tour of Drum Theatre.

Saturday 29 July, 11.45am – 12.45pm
Sunday 30 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

The Grand Old Lady of Dandenong
Join the Dandenong Historic Society in tracing the history of the old Dandenong Town Hall through festivals, war time, and its more recent conversion to the Drum Theatre.

Saturday 29 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Sunday 30 July, 11.45am – 12.45pm

Night at Drum Theatre tour
Take a guided tour through the Drum Theatre at night to see how it can come alive with the magic of theatre and maybe meet the ghosts which occupy the stage.

Tour Times (Saturday only)
6pm - 7pm
8pm - 9pm

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All Drum Theatre tours and lectures are in high demand and need to be pre-booked.

City of Greater Dandenong opens up for Open House

We're opening up more buildings in Dandenong, including Heritage Hill and Civic Precincts. 

Click here to view the other sites 

For over ten years, Open House Melbourne has created opportunities to engage, stimulating dialogue and reflection around architecture and the built environment.Open House London began in 1992, and by 2017 OHW has grown to more than 30 cities across five continents. Open House is a worldwide phenomenon with common values, but each city operates at a local level – a feature that is critical to its success in a particular city.

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