Experience innovation with Open Doors 2012

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If you are keen to experience some of Tasmania's fascinating heritage during your visit, you won't want to miss Open Doors 2012.

This year's free event is set to take place on May 5 and 6, and focuses on the theme of Innovation and Invention.

Since the program – which is now in its fifth year – began, a total of 47 doors have been opened to the public. This year, ten featured sites have been chosen by Heritage Tasmania for their display of great innovation – either as an example of modern-day technical achievement or as historic sites that have since found new uses.

The venues selected for Open Doors 2012 include the Nyrstar Hobart Zinc Works, Markree House Museum and Garden, the Heritage Education and Skill Centre in Oatlands, the restored 1830s property at Shene in Pontville and the State Cinema on Elizabeth Street in North Hobart.

You can also make bookings for tours of the Tasmania Fire Museum, the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre, the Waddamana Power Station Museum, St David's Cathedral and Derwent Park House, which dates back to the 1820s and 1870s.

Open Doors is a Tasmania Heritage Festival and while the events are free, it is wise to make your booking well in advance, as places on many tours are limited.

Further details can be found from Heritage Tasmania or by contacting the venues directly.

Beautiful buildings at historic Shene

Centre for Heritage at Oatlands 1 Collection

Interior of stables at Shene

Empathetic stone troughs at the Centre for Heritage at Oatlands 2 Collection

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