How it all began

Open House Atlanta is an annual, two-day festival organized by AIA Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance. The event partners with various sites around the city to open their doors for public tours.

With admission completely free, visitors are invited to explore new and historic buildings, learn their histories and gain a better understanding of how the built environment sustains our fast-growing city.

While most participating sites do not require reservations, a small number do. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Open House Atlanta is on an indefinitely hiatus. For local architecture events, visit aiaatl.org.

Frequently asked questions

What is Open House?

Founded in London, England, in 1992, Open House is a worldwide movement dedicated to engaging the public in a city’s architectural legacy. Open House Atlanta aims to promote a greater appreciation of the built environment through free access to architecturally and culturally significant sites rarely open to the public. Buildings include museums, high-rises, churches, hotels, offices and more. Atlanta, joining New York City, Chicago and San Diego, is the fourth Open House city in the United States, with more than 30 worldwide.

When is Open House Atlanta?

Open House Atlanta usually takes place in October.

Does it cost to attend?

Open House events are always free to attend.

Do I need tickets to attend?

Generally, no. Most participating sites are open to all who show up. However, some sites have scheduled and guided tours that require reservations. Explore the sites on our website and plan your itinerary using the details provided for each site.

Where does Open House Atlanta take place?

Participating sites include those in Downtown, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward and the Westside. Most sites are easily accessible by MARTA or by bicycle and many are in walking distance of each other.

Who organizes Open House Atlanta?

Open House Atlanta is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015. AIA Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance worked together to bring the event to life, officially launching in 2017.

How do I plan my Open House Atlanta visit?

Plan your itinerary by visiting our sites page, where you can filter them by neighborhood or category. You can view the official Open House Atlanta guidebook online or pick up a printed copy at our welcome kiosks (locations TBA).

Is photography allowed at the sites?

Most sites allow photography, while others may prohibit tripods, videography and/or photography altogether. As a general rule, ask volunteers or staff at each location before taking photos.

How do I get around?

Get around quickly using the city’s new bike share program, with stations near most participating sites. (View station map here.)

Save on parking fees using the public transit system. All sites are along MARTA’s Red Line (formerly known as the North-South line).

Atlanta Streetcar
In downtown, the streetcar is a fun way to get around in the Sweet Auburn Historic District.

Uber and Lyft are reliable ways to get around, helping you avoid parking hassles and allowing you to split the cost with friends.