Open House Lisboa 2019 Edition
Front view of the Museum of Art Architecture and Tecnology in Lisbon.

Visit Lisbon’s secret spaces for free.

Open House Lisboa is an event organized every year by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. It intends to unlock Lisbon’s architecture to the public and open the doors of the most spectacular buildings that are usually inaccessible.

Along with having this rare opportunity, there are also plenty of other activities to enjoy like free guided tours, concerts and debates.

This means that even if you aren’t an architecture enthusiast, you can participate and learn more about Lisbon’s history through its modern and ancient architecture.

Open House also counts with editions in Oporto and several other cities spread throughout the world.

Unlike previous editions, Open House Lisboa 2019 wants to show a decentralized Lisbon and add new exceptional buildings to the itinerary.

If you want to find out all about the 2019 edition, then keep reading! We have some cool tips and news to share with you.

Open House 2019 – The 8th Edition

The Open House Lisboa 2019 will take place during 21st and 22nd of September and promises to bring lots of exciting news.

Patrícia Robalo, the architect responsible for curating this year’s edition, invites everyone to discover a Lisbon without a centre. You’ll be presented to a city whose incredible architecture lies not only in its century-old monuments but also in its modern and trendy buildings.

In this in mind, the year’s theme intends to leave Lisbon’s downtown architecture and expand to other areas of the city no less interesting.

Spaces with architectonical importance, that have never participated in this project, will be added to the mix. Some of the examples for this year are the São Domingos Convent and the Music School of Lisbon.

This means that you’ll have even more opportunities to enter inside Lisbon’s most well-kept secrets for free!

Moreover, the Open House Lisboa 2019 programme also includes concerts, performances, movies, debates and collective readings to help with a better understanding of the places within the itinerary.

In a logic of inclusion and accessibility to all, some activities will be adapted to people with disabilities.

If you want to discover the full itinerary and activities that’ll be part of the event, check out their website.

How It Works

During the 21st and 22nd of September, you’ll have permission to enter inside buildings which are usually closed to the public.

Once you arrive at an itinerary location, you can enjoy the free guided tours that’ll be available. Most of these tours don’t need any prior booking, but there might be a few that do.

Because of this, it’s necessary to check Open House’s website to see if the buildings you want to visit have tours that need booking. It’ll all be explained on their website and you can book the tours online.

There are 3 types of visits:

  • Visits guided by volunteers
  • Visits guided by specialities
  • Non guided visits

If you want to take advantage of these two days to the fullest, we recommend you check out the list of places that’ll be participating close to the event date and then choose which ones you want to visit.

Then it’s just a matter of checking if the guided visits to those need to be booked if so book them, and wait excitedly for the day when you get to enter inside the heart of Lisbon’s architecture.

Are you as excited as we are for this event?

We can’t wait for the 21st and 22nd of September so we can all explore Lisbon’s hidden secrets that are usually accessible to only some. Are you coming?


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