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State Library of New South Wales

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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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09:00 - 20:00
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Superb reading room

We went to the Library for the advertised exhibitions and were not disappointed. Beautifully presented and illustrated, the gardens exhibit was interesting at all levels. Well... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the Library for the advertised exhibitions and were not disappointed. Beautifully presented and illustrated, the gardens exhibit was interesting at all levels. Well done SLoNSW! The original library building is also definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the library that looked quite modern inside - but old outside. We visited on the last day of the plants exhibit - which was quite interesting and beautiful. We were able to look in some of the other sections of the library - that had gorgeous book stacks and stained glass windows.

Thank Diane K
Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every January my husband and I stay 3 nights in Sydney and we always research the exhibitions on at the library and they never fail to disappoint. This year we visited a gardening exhibition called "Planting the Dream" and it was a wonderful exhibition full of history, paintings and video displays of gardening throughout the lifetime of Australia. The venue... More 

Thank Julie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

time to relax and heard silence in a nice place. people read books, very ancient library in the city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, the buildings of the state library is already very gorgeous and beautiful (colonial styled building, common in most commonwealth countries) and it seemed to me (I may be wrong), bigger than the one in Melbourne. We were on our way to the Royal Botanical Gardens that is just right opposite to it and so dropped by for a short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful few hours going thru the library. Using the internet, looking at the model of Sydney, it was amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful old building housing some amazing things and great exhibits. We spent quite a few hours here recently viewing the May Gibbs exhibition and the World Gardens photo display. They always do a great presentation of whatever subject and its always such an informative time. Aside from exhibitions the building is good to just wander around. Its quiet and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I heard this library is very beautiful. I was keen to look around the library, so I joined the tour. The library was very beautiful as I expected. If I lived in Sydney, I could spend time reading book in the library every day.

Thank Yukiwarisou
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 17 November 2016 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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