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 the journal James Cook wrote on the Endeavour voyage (1768–1771), as well as his writing bureau. Explore the biggest changeover of items since the gallery's opening in 2011 - some of the new materials include a major display on the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights. 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.
Other highlights include intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens, and Ben Chifley’s hand-annotated speech announcing the end of the Second World War in 1945.
The Treasures Gallery is open every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.