The State Library of NSW is the oldest in the country, first formed in 1826.
It may be one of the country’s leading libraries but it is also one of the city’s best museums with five galleries that host a changing program of displays and excellent exhibitions, ranging from photography to historical collections.
The new AMAZE Gallery showcases items (on a rotating basis) from the library’s collection that have intriguing stories attached, such as the newly uncovered 200 year-old muzzle loading shotgun originally owned by Blue Mountains explorer Gregory Blaxland and other treasures.
The library also has a great collection of historic Australian films and documentaries and you can catch one, for free, almost every Thursday at noon in the Metcalfe Auditorium in the Macquarie Street Wing.
You can also take a free one-hour heritage and history tour on Tuesdays and Thrusdays at 10.30am. Bookings aren’t required: meet the tour guide in the Macquarie Street Wing foyer.