National Library of Australia

Galleries, Museums and Collections

See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

On a visit to the Library you can take in one of the fascinating shows in the Exhibition Gallery, with up to 3 exhibitions each year exploring a variety of fascinating topics from Australian advertising, to photography, art, literature, history and design. Join a discovery or behind-the-scenes tour, browse the bookshop, or enjoy a bite to eat at the award-winning Bookplate café, taking in the lakeside views.

The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives you free access to some of Australia’s most moving stories. Highlights include intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens, Australia’s first gold medal for women’s swimming, won by Fanny Durack at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, and one of the rarest maps in the world, the recently restored Blaeu Map, which has been extended on display for a limited time.

Free tours available:

Treasures Gallery, daily at 11.30am

Behind the Scenes, Thursdays at 2pm

Discovery tours, Saturdays at 2pm


Art & Culture Carpark Coach Parking Conference/Convention Facilities Disabled access available Free Wifi History & Heritage Public Toilet Restaurant Shop


Free Entry

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