If you live in Melbourne (or love holidaying here) and haven’t already visited the State Library Victoria, well you are seriously missing out! I’ve got 5 reasons why you must make the journey to Swanston Street to check it out.
Inside you can explore a world of information and stories, enjoy free tours, exhibitions, events and fun for the whole family.
5 reasons to visit the State Library Victoria
In my opinion, the State Library Victoria is Melbourne’s finest example of Neoclassical architecture. It has remained on the same two-acre allotment since its opening in 1856, but the structure you see today is actually made up of 23 individual buildings that have changed dramatically over the years.
Beyond the walls of the buildings lie a number of iconic features with their own stories – some of which, such as the Architectural fragment sculpture, are as instantly recognisable as the Library building itself. You can read more about the history of the SLV here.
SLV has constantly changing, world-class exhibitions. When I visited last month I checked out two exhibitions, both of which were free and wonderful to explore.
World of the Book, which showcased the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.
The changing face of Victoria, which shared the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. The exhibition is still running and features Ned Kelly’s armour (amazing!) and explores all aspects of daily life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Looking for something fun to do, with a cultural twist? Take a free Welcome to the Library tour which explores the buildings many spaces and services. The tour takes you through their magnificent heritage reading rooms, renowned galleries, exhibitions, study spaces and group work areas, their cafe, and also learn how to become a Library member.
Ultimate Study Zone
Step inside the Library’s grand reading room and you’ll find your study heaven. The atmosphere is a perfect balance of quiet zone x inspiration.
Use their tools and guides to search through amazing historical collections of more than two million books, pictures, newspapers, maps and expanding digitised collections.
For Family History
The Library is the perfect place to explore your family history. Home to a wealth of expertise and information including newspapers, letters, diaries and manuscripts, maps, passenger lists and electoral rolls. A go-to destination for experienced family historians and those just starting out on the family history journey.
Inside their Family History and Newspaper Room and you’ll find all the inspiration and resources you need to research your family’s past. Here you can also have a chat with one of their lovely staff members with any questions you may have in regards to your ancestry.
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