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AMAZE Gallery

Exhibition Date

Friday 1 January 2016 to Monday 17 April 2017



Opening Hours

  1. Today
    1. 9am to 5pm
  2. Tomorrow
    1. 9am to 5pm
  3. Wednesday
    1. 9am to 9pm
  4. Thursday
    1. 9am to 8pm
  5. Friday
    1. 9am to 5pm
  6. Saturday
    1. 10am to 5pm
  7. Sunday
    1. 10am to 5pm


Seldom-seen items from the Library's collections

In a time of instant communication and digital media, the power of seeing the original object remains undiminished. The stories behind an object are as interesting as the object itself.

The range and depth of the Library's collections continue to surprise and intrigue. They have grown to over 5 million items through purchase, bequest and donation. While the collections tell us about our past, we also collect materials that reflect contemporary society, the here and now. We see ourselves as custodians of memories for the people of NSW, whether those memories are found in Joseph Banks' Endeavour journal or in a throwaway flyer for a Sydney dance party.

Visitors to this gallery will experience seldom-seen items from the Library's collections and the hidden stories and personal histories behind them. A wide range of people have selected these items, bringing different viewpoints and opinions to their interpretation. The displays change regularly to reflect the constant movement and shifting focus in our everyday lives.

Find out more about the items in this gallery on the Curio website.

Currently featured: Celebrating 100 years of May Gibbs

A selection of original artworks by May Gibbs is on display in the AMAZE Gallery until 29 January 2017 and reproduction artwork is on display on level 1 of the Macquarie Street building until 26 Febraury 2017. 

Volume 01/i: Illustrations for Gum-nut Babies, May Gibbs, 1916





A Passion for Collecting tells the inspiring story of the great collections and collectors at the State Library of NSW. It looks into how and why individuals and institutions collect. 

Made by Afterglow Films.

Passion for Collecting

A Passion for Collecting tells the inspiring story of the great collections and collectors at the State Library of NSW.

An audio described version of this video is available.

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Current exhibitions

Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker

Saturday 18 February 2017 to Monday 17 April 2017

A showcase of new photography and video works by 15 of Australia's most stimulating contemporary artists. 

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