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“Thoroughly enjoyable visit, exquisite Dumbrovskis exhibit”

National Library of Australia
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$139.45*
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Ranked #13 of 257 things to do in Canberra
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives you free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights, as well as intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Take in an exhibition, join a tour, browse the bookshop, or enjoy a bite to eat at Bookplate Cafe, taking in the lake-side views. Exhibition galleries are open from 10am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Hours vary for the reading rooms, NLA Bookshop and Bookplate. Please see nla.gov.au/visit-us/opening-hours to plan your visit.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 4, 2018

By chance we arrived in time to join the daily 1130 am guided tour of Treasures Gallery which was excellent. Although the gallery is small, it contains so much Australian history with the artefacts and paintings and the context of the items explained very well by the Library guide.

The photos of Tasmanian nature were exquisite and highly recommended.

Thank Carmela_Vincente
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Reviewed December 30, 2017

This iconic building houses so many treasures and curates outstanding exhibitions. The cafe is excellent, location on Lake Burley Griffin is a bonus and staff are helpful and knowledgable.

Thank Gail S
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

So lucky to have visited the stunning National Library whilst this exhibition is on. The photographs are spectacular. The main reading room was closed due to the holiday period but the volunteer staff are delightful and very helpful. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kristine C
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Fabulous piece of 1960s classic architecture, epitomising all of Canberra's architectural aspirations, with great exhibitions which change regularly to reflect current interests (apart from the regular fascinating exhibition of old manuscripts). It has amazing collections of books etc, but for us mere mortals, the ground floor exhibitions which change every few months are the creme de la creme of Canberra exhibitions! Just be careful of thew bookshop, with its sale bargains, because you will be much poorer financially but richer intellectually!

Thank Ian S
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

Absolutely beautiful building, which is in the process of being "rejuvenated" in parts. Fascinating interior, lovely Gift Shop with all manner of gifts/books to suit all ages and budgets. We had lunch at Bookplate, which is an Award-winning Restaurant and worth every cent - our special occasion was made more special by a delicious lunch, served by impeccable staff. The surrounds of the Library are superb and the entire visit was a delight.

Thank R2091PHbarbaras
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