Treasures Gallery

Treasures Gallery

Treasures gallery

10 am–5 pm daily

Treasures Gallery, Ground floor


No bookings required

The Treasures Gallery highlights the extraordinary holdings of the National Library of Australia. From maps and rare books to manuscripts, photographs, oil paintings and watercolours, the gallery is where you will find many of the Library’s most important items. Be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these often unique treasures tell.

To preserve the material for future generations displays change regularly. See the journal James Cook wrote on the Endeavour voyage (1768-1771), the journals Burke and Wills kept in their final hours, an original manuscript of Australia’s unofficial anthem Waltzing Matilda, Dorothea Mackellar’s hand-carved bookcase, the first Australian pound note and the landmark papers of Edward Koiki Mabo. Or, come and see some of the Library’s latest acquisitions. It’s free and open every day. 

"To be able to see in the same room some of the most notable and sometimes affecting stories in Australian history, whether it is Waltzing Matilda, First World War items such as Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli Letter or exquisite colonial watercolours, is a unique and thought-provoking experience." Nat Williams, James and Bettison Treasures Curator

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Exhibition highlights


The Library warmly thanks Treasures Gallery supporters. Their generosity has made it possible to bring these treasures to life for the whole community.