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State Library of New South Wales: Tours & Tickets

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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 history and the stunning display. The exhibition...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 5 days ago

This library is an absolute must see when in Sydney. I go regularly for the excellent exhibitions. It is a lovely heritage space that has innovative, interesting exhibitions beautifully curated. Truly lovely building.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located very close to the Royal Botanical garden and even the circular quay, it's a super way to spend some quality time in silence admiring the history behind the vast continent of Australia. The entry being free and the staff welcoming and helpful , pointing...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank alzoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly interesting exhibition about death, not everyone's cup of tea but I found it fascinating and very well presented audio commentary freely available via a phone app and as I was there until closing time the very pleasant member of staff who was trying not...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank valigee
Reviewed 1 week ago

great wifi, quiet, stress free. Easy to utilise and a beautiful space. Felt safe amongst all the clever students!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 409islands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A MUST-GO! Astonishingly beautiful! I could not get enough of the beautiful interior, with museum quality interiors!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DebiN219
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanical Garden, we visited several prominent buildings; St Mary's Cathedral, the Mint, Sydney Eye Hospital, Parliament and these State Library Buildings. Across the street(where the MI freeway ends into Sydney) the 1926 Shakespeare Memorial gazes to this 1941...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 26 August 2019

As of Aug 2019, 3 very interesting exhibits - Dead Central (on the cemetery that was relocated when Central Station was built), the Amaze Gallery (with a few very interesting Apollo 11-related exhibits) and a number of paintings of old Sydney from the colletion. Be...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank nick164
Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

The Shakespeare Room, showcasing the masterpieces of the renowned author, is something to look forward to. Bonus attractions are the galleries which house Australia's great painters & the main hall where the collection of rare books is found. Students also frequent this library to do...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank junacullador
Reviewed 12 August 2019

I attended for Family Research spending two days there, but also discovered they have a great collection of paintings from Colonial Australia, plus a number of small but good exhibits. This was mostly in the Mitchell Library area As well as the massive reading room...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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5 September 2018|
Response from KerrieSacco | Reviewed this property |
Maybe contact the library direct
30 October 2016|
Response from SLNSW | Property representative |
Dear Diana and Yarim, Thank you! We are happy to hear that you are enjoying the Library. You are welcome to sign up for a library card. You can do that online or on one of the PCs in the Library. This only takes a few... More