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Culture Up Late at State Library of NSW

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Wednesdays, 12am to 4am Wednesday 31 March to Wednesday 30 June

Explore the State Library of NSW - Australia's oldest library - during Culture Up Late with extended evening opening hours every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 30 June.

With its iconic Mitchell Library Reading Room, beautiful heritage spaces and world-class galleries, you’ll be surprised by what you discover there! 

Step inside the Library’s historic Mitchell Building vestibule and see an extraordinary piece of public floor art – a massive marble version of the original Tasman Map from 1644. Just around the corner is the Collectors’ Gallery, a wondrous cabinet of some 2,000 curiosities from the Library’s collection, including Patrick White’s typewriter, Miles Franklin’s waratah teacup and Henry Lawson’s death mask.

Head upstairs to check out to the popular Photos1440 exhibition featuring the best published and unpublished images by Sydney Morning Herald photographers. This year the exhibition looks back over its 10-year history to see what made the news then and now. Free, on show until 25 April.

The new exhibition Coming out in the 70s looks at the hard-fought activism, personal sacrifices and community movements that paved the way for gay pride as we know it today. Free, until 16 May.

Don't miss the Dyarubbin exhibition featuring the stories of Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright.

Discover remarkable items from the Library's collection in the Amaze Gallery, including portraits of prominent women by Sydney artist Peter Kingston; illustrated logbooks of the voyage of the Kathleen Gillett (1947–48) by Jack Earl; and a selection of rare books by Italian poet, writer and philosopher Dante Alighieri.

Over 300 unique landscape and portrait paintings are on permanent public display, including works by internationally renowned artists like Conrad Martens, Arthur Streeton and Judy Cassab. 

For talks and public programs, check out the Library’s what's on guide.

This initiative is part of the Summer in the City program proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with the City of Sydney. We’re working together to revitalise the city centre.

Covid-safe information

All visitors are encouraged to read the Library's Special Conditions of Entry.

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