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State Library of Victoria

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Central Business District
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Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 0386647000
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A hidden gem

Make sure you visit the reading room on the upper floor for one of this city's most secret treasurers.........

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure you visit the reading room on the upper floor for one of this city's most secret treasurers.........

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy access by free tram, conveniently located in middle of CBD, just across street from daughter's off campus housing.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved seeing Ned Kellys armour and was our base for our free walking tour. Lots of history inside and well worth a look

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Jurong, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here at night when it was closed. The building facade lights is nice. Spend some time to look at the architecture of the building even if you are not book lovers. Went there to find more than hundreds of people outside the library playing Pokemon Go.😧

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a place I like to visit often, fantastic atmosphere, exhibitions change all the time. Wonderful domed ceiling.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing - has art , books , food , drink great service and information- on the tram line east to access and we spent 3 hours walking around- intend to go back and see more specialist shows - really- loved that it was a public venue and it has so much history and charm-the food was tasty and breakfast all... More 

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Such a stunning building with great Australian stories inside. Ned Kellys armour exhibition is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is free and you must go. The architecture is great, there are little displays throughout that are worth wandering through and reading. There is a cool display about Ned Kelly - definitely worth a visit. I am not really into a lot of museum visits, so this was perfect. We didn't read every display, but we read the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Recently I went and looked around the free section. The architecture is stunning. The displays and exhibits are wonderful and very thoughtfully put together. Go when you can and wander around. It is a beautiful, informative experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place has a beautiful ambience and a special type of feeling. I would highly recommend any one try it at least once

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Staying in Central Business District

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.