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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I was amazed by this place. It's the public library, but it also has extensive, engaging exhibits like a museum. The dome and reading room are striking. My husband had to tear me away. I could have spent another hour there!

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

This is a must see - a wonderful old building and don't miss going up into the dome area. Great library facilities and a gallery that has paintings depicting "Old Melbourne". Good place to research family history.

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Ashburton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Don't bother with trying to borrow books here, it's a great place to walk the various floors to see exhibits there. There used to be a ned kelly display which is quite interesting. The multi media center is great for some interactive games and even just catching a snooze. Highly recommended for any visitor to Melbourne

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quezon city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's one of the best places I've been to when I was in Melbourne. Maybe it's just the nerd in me :) But I really enjoyed touring this place, checking the exhibit, sitting at the La Trobe Gallery, admiring the dome. What's inside is just as beautiful as its facade :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The building has a historical connection with Melbourne's past but maintains a modern convenience. It's right in the CBD. The absolutely stunning main reading room is worth a visit alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Absolutely gobsmacking. Stand and stare in wonder at the magnificent domed glass ceiling that was covered in lead for decades and restore to its original glory. You will not be disappointed. It is free and there are displays lining the gallery walls on each of its three levels.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Brilliant displays of archival materials including Ned Kelley's iconic armour. Worth a fascinating few hours and repeat visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is an awesome place. To view the Reading Room from a few floors up with it's fabulous layout is a beautiful sight. The displays on each floor are informative and worth looking at.

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Not only a beautiful building with a fantastic interior, but also an Exhibition on Rome, and Exhibitions on the Changing Face of Victoria, including Ned Kelley's Armour - all for free - fantastic!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Really good exhibition on the ground floor on Piranesi, an Italian printer from the1700's. some amazing prints on show, worth a look. Also the domed reading room has exhibits around the perimeter. Early books up to the present day, fascinating.

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