All National Library reading rooms will be closed on the Anzac Day public holidays, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April. The exhibition galleries and Bookshop will be open from 9am to 5pm, and Bookplate cafe will be open from 9am to 3pm. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday 27 April. See our public holiday opening hours for more information.

Treasures Gallery

Treasures Gallery

treasures gallery display

9:00am-5:00pm daily

Treasures Gallery, Ground floor


No 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, this is where you will find many of the Library’s most unexpected and unique items. Be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories our 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, a 'Wanted' poster and revolver associated with bushranger Ben Hall, and displays about the 2000 Sydney Bridge Walk and writer and critic, Clive James. 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.