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- Treasures Gallery, Ground floor
FreeNo booking 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, here is where you will find many of the Library’s most important items. Be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell.
Our displays change regularly, so we have exciting new stories to share. They include exquisite eighteenth-century watercolours of Australian birds by Sarah Stone, important watercolours of rural New South Wales by Augustus Earle dating to c.1826 and displays about the 2008 Apology to the Stolen Generations and Germaine Greer’s landmark book The Female Eunuch (1970). Read more about our Treasure Gallery highlights.
The Treasures Gallery is free and open every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
The Library warmly thanks our Treasures Gallery supporters. Their generosity has made it possible to bring these treasures to life for the whole community.