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National Library of Australia

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See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives you free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the...more
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Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

A great exhibition well presented. The exhibits and journals on display were fascinating. The handwriting, drawings were meticulous. His journeys well presented by the various methods, held me in awe of this great man and navigator.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary F
Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a viewing, lots of information to be taken in and a very enjoyable place to visit. A lot of visitors on the day I went, but there was plenty of room to move and read the information.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is not only an incredible piece of architecture but an amazing place for exhibitions and also great food. We went this time for the James Cook Exhibition and it did not disappoint: so much history. You could spend hours doing just this one...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sister_ratched
Reviewed 1 week ago

In canbera you lucky people have it all and this building, its staff and its grandeur are amazing. we loved the whole atmosphere and cant wait to return

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank boski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's voyages to the Pacific and Australia are celebrated in this free exhibition. Very informative and well laid out and unusual content make this an exhibition not to miss.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Angela I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the library to see the Cook exhibition. The exhibition was small but very informative. I recommend going upstairs to view a short video before walking through the Cook exhibit - helps pull everthing together. The library also offers other area exhibits as well as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Scifchic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with my husband to National Library as he had study to do for his uni course. It was wonderful to sit at a comfortable chair and browse through magazines. Something I don't normally get to do. The scenery from the Library is spectacular...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jillypink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mostly this is as its title suggests a research library. But there are charming exhibitions to be found on the ground floor, plus an excellent bookshop. And a first rate cafe too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andrewjameswarren
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Had a look at the 'Captain Cook and the Pacific' exhibition when recently in Canberra. It was excellent - free, beautifully curated and very interesting. Most intriguing to me was that Cook on his three extensive expeditions to and through the Pacific appeared to be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JElliot32
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Another great exhibit. It was amazing, to see documents and artifacts, that are part of our history.

Date of experience: November 2018
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James B
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Response from Zaubie | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry - i don;'t always check these messges so it's a bit late now. I can't give you a fuller response other than it's a terrific space all in all. It was fabulous for me on the day I went (which was some time ago... More