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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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nelson
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place is definitely worth poking your head into just to see the architecture. If you've got some time go upstairs to see Ned Kelly's armour and read a little about his story. His death mask is there too. They used to have a multi media room that our kids loved but it seems to be closed at the moment... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Far more than a library with a number of exhibits and and historical information including Ned Kelly's armour and a number of quite old books

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit to hang out on the front steps just to sit and watch the crowds go by. Then visit the cafe or underground bar to recover. Close to all the shops too.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Easy to get to, free and a nice way to pass an hour or two in the afternoon. Great free exhibits and beautiful architecture. I would definatley recommend! I don't believe there is a fiction/children section (just a heads up for families).

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Outside as inside, the Victoria state library is a very beautiful place. You can get in however and quite whenever you want. You can also have a free access to the Internet, which can be useful while you are traveling around. You can get in for free and you can have some tours guided for free too. The place is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

If you're visiting Melbourne, then don't forget to visit this astonishing place. A unique library with magnificent architecture and beautiful design inside and out. It's also a great place to study in the fabulous La Trobe reading room. Also there plenty of exhibitions held in this place, so overall it's a must-visit attraction.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Don't go to Melbourne without viewing the LaTrobe Reading Room from the 5th floor - it is without doubt one of the best sights you will see in Melbourne.

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A wide variety of exhibits, like Roman art, in addition to books. Wonderful Australia resources, offering talks, workshops and more, but be sure to check before you make a special trip there--when we went, the whole top floor was sealed off for a meeting, so several of the things we went to see weren't available. We had been there the... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

architecturally it is a pretty cool building. And worth a walk around. But in the end it is just a library like most others.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Following a recommendation we popped in here for a quick visit to check out the reading room (which was amazing) and the Victoria exhibition containing Ned Kelly's armour - definitely worth a look

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