The Treasures Gallery highlights the extraordinary holdings of the National Library of Australia. From maps and rare books to photographs and oil paintings, here is where you will find many of the Library’s most important items. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell.
Visitors to the Library can see one of the rarest maps in the world, the newly restored Blaeu Map by Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu which became the template for all subsequent maps of 'New Holland', or Australia, until James Cook. Acquired by the Library in 2013, it is one of only four examples to survive intact, and there are no other Blaeu wall maps in any other Australian library.
Explore the biggest changeover of items since the gallery's opening in 2011. Some of the new materials include a major display on poet Henry Lawson, including his fobwatch and two of his pens. Map enthusiasts can explore the fascinating story of French navigator Louis de Freycinet’s 1817–1820 voyage, with a focus on his wife Rose, who stowed away on board.
The Treasures Gallery is open every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.