The Library's spectacular exhibition Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644–1911 is now in its final weeks. Closing on Sunday 22 May, visitors have only a short time left to see exquisite and rare objects from the National Library of China and the National Library of Australia. 

Visitors have had many positive things to say about the exhibition, describing it as 'rich and fascinating', 'wonderful' and 'worthwhile'. Don't miss your chance to see it before it closes.

Book your tickets now.

Celestial Empire lunch special at Bookplate – $24 per person

Bookplate at the Library is offering a delicious Asian-inspired lunch special, featuring 2 courses plus wine, sparkling mineral water or green tea for $24 per person. Available Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 2 pm until Friday 20 May. Bookings recommended, contact Bookplate on (02) 6262 1154 or email

Free tours

Get the most out of the exhibition with a free guided tour, led by our fantastic guides daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Exhibition events

Discover more by booking for a Celestial Empire event. Check out our vibrant events program.