The Swedish Church in Melbourne, also called Toorak House, is opening its doors to the public during the "Melbourne Open House Weekend” that takes place on the last weekend of July. Over the weekend about 200 significant buildings and sites across the city are open so people can learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.
Not only are 200 buildings open, there are 45 special events, tours and talks happening as part of the program.
Toorak House is one of the oldest surviving mansions in Victoria, and is currently home to the Swedish Church in Melbourne and a vibrant hub for all members of the community with a connection to the Nordic countries. It was built for the Melbourne merchant James Jackson between 1849 and 1850. It was designed by Samuel Jackson in the Italianate Victorian style and was adapted to suit colonial requirements.
Guided tours of the property including (weather permitting) the chance to climb the stairs to the top of the tower with commanding views of Melbourne. There is a cafe which will be serving warm soup, coffee, tea and Swedish cakes and buns. There is also a small market of Scandinavian inspired products in the veranda.
- Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm
- Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided
- Tour Details: Tours depart every 20 minutes, running 15 minutes in groups of 8
- Access: Fully accessible, all ages