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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 0386647000
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Nice stop to relax

We had been walking around for some time and decided this would be our last stop to view the architecture and relax and it was worth it! The Library is HUGE and just beautiful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had been walking around for some time and decided this would be our last stop to view the architecture and relax and it was worth it! The Library is HUGE and just beautiful! Lots of art to view and had a geat area for the kids to do crafts and read books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was probably the rain that drove are us to the library, but it was definitely worth a visit. The building is amazing inside and the Ned Kelly explanation was fantastic. Also good place for a coffee and a bite to eat

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The library is gorgeous both inside and out and I loved reveling in how majestic this building is. There are exhibitions inside so it's kind of like a museum as well. And of course, the famous La Trobe reading room is always so photogenic.

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Eltham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my grandson (6yrs) to experience the State Library and he loved it! He couldn't get enough of seeing all the displays....especially Ned Kelly's armour. Unfortunately we got there a bit late and were shooed out after only half an hour. Next time we'll go earlier so we can spend more time exploring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed walking through this magnificent old building. People were everywhere..students, Mums with Prams and toddlers going to a reading session, Art connoisseurs, culture admirers. The dome is amazing in the reading room. Ned Kelly's actual armour in a Museum display, William Strutt's Colonial paintings are on exhibition. Hundreds of students studying throughout the many rooms of the LIbrary

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Cooroy, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is magic if you love books like i do. Their display of old book is just amazing! I couldn't stop taking pictures of everything...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The State Library of Victoria is free to enter for all. There are 5 levels of which most are open to tourists. You definitely should go all the way up for a stunning view of the very old books, dome, seatings and desks. There are paintings on the second level as well. Libraries are so amazing with the smell of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

anything that was ever published in Victoria is housed here, there's no book too obscure, they also have many other cultural artefacts, and have the odd exhibition too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend exploring all levels they have different exhibitions on each floor which are very interesting and informative. Beautiful old building full of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The State Library of Victoria is Australia's oldest cultural institution and still one of the most impressive to visit. Beautiful architecture of the domed reading room is one of the most fabulous spaces in Australia where you can let your imagination soar. Free exhibitions explore Victorian history and showcase gorgeous rare books, as well as the story of Ned Kelly... More 

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