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State Library of New South Wales

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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9273 1414
09:00 - 17:00
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Free Exhibitions and a pleasant cafe

We visited to see the Nikon Walkley and Gardens exhibitions. The combined exploration took around 2 hours and we stayed for lunch in the cafe. The Library is a hidden gem in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bruce F
Dapto, Australia
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Dapto, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited to see the Nikon Walkley and Gardens exhibitions. The combined exploration took around 2 hours and we stayed for lunch in the cafe. The Library is a hidden gem in the city and we keep an eye out for their exhibitions whenever we visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were two Sydney couples with our excellent guide, Rosie Block. During the two hours Rosie showed us so much of Australia's history and told us amazing stories. The State Library complex is so much more than we expected and another visit is a "must". Rosie's extensive knowledge was amazing and made the tour very memorable. Many thanks. G and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The current exhibition (until 15 January 2017) is double barrelled: NSW Garden Designs & Shaping Australian Gardens. The first part is a photographic display of current grand NSW gardens & the 2nd is a historical look at the evolution of Australian gardens. Both are in the same gallery & are free. There are beautifully produced booklets covering the displays available... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The oldest library in Australia with the largest collections. A beautiful place to utilise the wealth of information available,staff on hand to help with any queries and help to support your research. The gift shop was a delight with many great books and souvenirs. Exhibition of photography was a simple display of everyday people doing everyday things, much ejoyed

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Love the State Library. There is always an interesting exhibition and the cafe is a great place for a sandwich and coffee.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We regularly visit the State Library to see their exhibitions. Planting Dreams was imaginatively set out and showed beautiful photos of gardens in NSW. There was also an exhibit where we could make a pansy and place it in the picture. As well there was a photography exhibition downstairs. It is always uplifting to visit the State Library and, in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I explored the State Library with my family, and I'm really glad we did. I always love stopping into local libraries for a peek into the history of the city. This one did not disappoint. The space is stunning, and the architecture inside and out is beautiful (especially the lobby). The historical exhibit upstairs was fascinating. Based on other reviews,... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

As a bibliophile and history nerd, I simply had to stop at the State Library of New South Wales while in Sydney. But the best part of the library? The fantastic, FREE tour of the building by a friendly, enthusiastic volunteer docent. She pointed out features within the building that I would have overlooked and explained and contextualized the history... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A group tour of this site is a must! The most knowledgeable and enthusiastic curators took us on an extensive tour of the original and modern sections of this amazing establishment. What a wonderful piece of Sydney's and Australia's heritage. Fabulous architecture, wonderful woodwork and panelling throughout the older section; exciting glasswork and modern features of the newer sections. Well... More 

Thank Alison S
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We started at the mint, then to library for lunch the into the library itself. At the time there was a marvellous photograph exhibition of Newtown shopkeepers and another of cartoon books from many years ago based on actual crimes in Australia , both fascinating and educational too. Followed up by a wander around the library. Will need to go... More 

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