- Museums, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The State Library Victoria is a must-see attraction for book worms, architecture lovers and history buffs. Built in 1856 on 2 acres of land in Melbourne's central business district, the library houses a variety of books and historic artifacts, including famed Australian outlaw Ned Kelly's suit of armor and a collection of rare children's books from the 19th century. The site's architecture is equally as impressive. Pay close attention to the library's exterior, which features neoclassical architectural details like stone columns and a symmetrical layout, as well as the octagonal La Trobe Reading Room.
One of the best ways to see the State Library Victoria is to participate in one of the property's free tours. Most recent travelers said all of the tours are informative. Some tours are offered once daily, while others are only available on select days, so consult the library's website and plan your visit accordingly. Tours last approximately one to two hours.
You'll find the State Library Victoria within walking distance of The Block Arcade and the Old Melbourne Gaol. No on-site parking is available, but visitors can take the train to Melbourne Central Station or the City Circle Tram to one of several stops on La Trobe Street. Bus stops for multiple routes are located nearby as well. Library hours vary, but the sight's main public areas are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the property's galleries and reading rooms, the State Library Victoria has restrooms, a cafe and a bookshop. No fees apply to visit the library or take a tour.
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