10 reasons to find yourself in our new galleries

With 10 days to go until our massive free Open Day here are
10 reasons to find yourself in our new galleries on Saturday 6 October 2018


Bananas in Pyjamas

1. A-peeling pair of celebrity guests

That’s right! Australia’s favourite fruity friends will be at the Library helping to celebrate our Open Day. Come and say hello to B1 & B2 and watch them coming down the Mitchell Building stairs.

2. A world-first for the senses 

Ever wondered what a painting sounds like? Wonder no more. Our DX Lab fellow Thomas Wing-Evans, in collaboration with the Library’s DX Lab, has created a world first sonic tool that enables you to listen to works featured in our Paintings from the Collection exhibition. This innovative outdoor sound and light experience is not to be missed!

3. An exhibition featuring you!

Take your place in our collection. Step inside our selfie booth and put your face front and centre in this ‘live’ exhibition. Your portrait will feature alongside thousands from the Library’s collection, and from people around NSW in #NewSelfWales.  

4. For a chance to learn the librarian’s secrets

Get skilled up and become a library superstar with our series of hands-on research workshops. There’s something for everyone and, best of all, they’re free!

Portrait of a smiling man holding a ceramic fish.

5. To hear stories of Sydney from its traditional owners

Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathon Jones has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis — to tell personal stories of Aboriginal Sydney. Learn how these elders have continued the legacy of their ancestors by actively contributing to and creating Sydney. 


6. To meet the person with a library lover’s dream job

Find out what it takes to ‘read’ your way through the Library. Meet Caroline Baum – the Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence - as she shares some of the stories, treasures and surprises that she has discovered in and around the Library. This is just one of the great author talks on during our Open Day.


7.  To see the six amazing collections that put your Library on the map

The Library’s six collections listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register will be displayed together for the first time, in our beautiful new galleries. See big-guns like our First Fleet journals and the world’s largest glass-plate negatives of Sydney Harbour, and get a peek of what collection may be next on the list. 


8. To hear secret stories behind the collection

ABC Radio Sydney’s Cassie McCullagh will dig into the Library’s collections to discover its secrets as only a journalist can. She’ll be hosting a bunch of curator talks and revealing some of the surprising stories that can be found in our galleries. 


young children in the library

9. To get the kids out of the house

If you’ve exhausted your list of things to do with the family during the holidays – we’ve got you covered! There’s a full day of fun family activities planned, including craft, dress-ups, kids tours, an adventure trail, workshops, stories and games. 

10. To lord it over your friends

Millicent Preston-Stanley, Charles Kingsford Smith, Fanny Durack - you only get one chance to be the first! On Saturday 6 October, be the first to see our new galleries and become part of this history-making event.