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 ephemera to oral histories, from rare books to handwritten manuscripts, photographs, oil paintings, watercolours and maps, the gallery is where you will find our most significant items. Be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these rare treasures tell.

To preserve the material for future generations, displays change regularly. From the journal James Cook wrote on the Endeavour voyage (1768—1771) to the landmark papers of Edward Mabo, to the Library’s latest acquisitions, there is always something new to see. 

"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

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.