Treasures Gallery

Opening hours: 

Open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily

Treasures Gallery

Come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s best known stories.

Early maps and atlases, books, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, photographs and objects all feature in the Treasures Gallery. From James Cook’s Endeavour journal to William Bligh’s list of mutineers, from Patrick White’s glasses to an original manuscript for Waltzing Matilda, the items in the Treasures Gallery are truly remarkable.

A diverse selection from our international collections is showcased in NLA to Z, while a surprising and eclectic range of objects is featured in the dramatic gold showcase of ‘realia’. In the Central Foyer, visitors can also enjoy the Australian Voices audiovisual presentation, compiled from the Library’s extensive Oral History and Folklore Collection.

Drawn from the Library’s vast collection, many of the treasures in this exhibition have never been displayed before. The Library will continue to regularly change the items on display, ensuring that visitors will always discover something new.

The Library warmly thanks Treasures Gallery supporters – their generosity has made it possible to bring these treasures to life for the whole community. To find out how you can make a contribution and become a Treasures Gallery Partner please call the  Development Office on 02 6262 1336.

Principal Treasures Gallery Partner

  • The Ian Potter Foundation

Platinum Treasures Gallery Partners

  • John T Reid Charitable Trusts
  • Sidney Myer Fund

Gold Treasures Gallery Partners

  • ActewAGL
  • Dr James Bettison and Ms Helen James
  • Professor Henry Ergas
  • Harold Mitchell Foundation
  • Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Mr Kevin McCann AM
  • Thyne Reid Foundation

Silver Treasures Gallery Partner

  • Friends of the National Library of Australia

Bronze Treasures Gallery Partners

  • Mr James Bain AM and Mrs Janette Bain 
  • Mr Victor Crittenden OAM
  • Mr James O Fairfax AC

Opal Treasures Gallery Partners

  • F and J Ryan Foundation
  • Mr Philip Flood AO & Mrs Carole Flood
  • GHD Pty Ltd
  • Dr Kenneth Moss AM & Mrs Glenn Moss

Jade Treasures Gallery Partners

  • Ms Cynthia Anderson  
  • Dr Desmond Bright and Dr Ruth Bright AM
  • Mr Michael Heard and Mrs Mary Heard
  • Mr Robert Hill-Ling AO and Mrs Rosemary Hill-Ling OAM
  • Mrs Claudia Hyles 
  • Mr Baillieu Myer AC and Mrs Sarah Myer
  • Miss Kay Rodda
  • Mrs Mary Louise Simpson
  • Mr John Uhrig AC and Mrs Shirley Uhrig
  • One donor has given anonymously at this level

Amber Treasures Gallery Partners

The National Library has over 100 Amber Treasures Gallery Partners. Many other individual Library supporters have contributed generously through our Donation Boxes