State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

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Built in 1826, State Library of New South Wales is the oldest library in Australia. Check out the well-organized exhibits and join a guided tour of the building to soak up Australian history and culture. This is a perfect place for book loves to touch the pages and rifle through the shelves. Take a break in the cafe or bookshop. Make State Library of New South Wales a centerpiece of your Sydney vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sydney itinerary website .
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  • We attended the Dead Central exhibition at the library. Very informative and interesting part of Sydney's history that you would never have heard of if I didn't hear from a friend hope great it was an...  more »
  • Just one tiny portion of the State Library but all I managed to visit when I went there. The recommended time I think was about 45 mins but we stayed for double that, fascinated by the exhibition, the...  more »
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  • What a delightful surprise. It's far more than just a library, but also a gallery, museum and loads and loads of history. Free guided tours are most informative. A nice cafe on the main floor , hidden away by the bookstore / gift shop, offers nice selection of warm meals, salads and snacks in a pleasant setting. The gallery is better than some fine arts Museums in world famous cities, and it has interactive displays of most art that will surely impress everyone. You can easily spend the entire day in this building. And it's all free!
  • Beautiful library and building, featuring a cafe, a small gift shop, and a galley and museum. Definitely not of the cozy variety, much more sleek and clean, but a good place to take a rest and read a book. The art collections are totally incredible. Worth a trip just for the museum-quality gallery! Loved the video exhibit featuring aboriginal elders.
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