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Statue of Athena adorns outside of Athenaeum building.
Welcoming entrance to the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.
Historic Library signage.

Melbourne Athenaeum: Visit Melbourne's oldest cultural organisation

Smith & Johnson 1842, 1853, 1872, 1886, 1923


At almost 180 years old, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library is one of Melbourne’s three oldest cultural institutions. The library retains many historic features and is a haven in the heart of a bustling city. With more than 700 members, this subscription library offers the latest in literature in a historic space.

What's On

Visitors to the Melbourne Athenaeum Building will be able to take part in a self-guided tour of the historic, subscription-based Athenaeum Library and Reading Room which have been in place since 1842. Visitors will also be able to interact with Australian Tapestry Artist, Joy Smith, who will be in the process of creating unique tapestry artwork inspired by objects in our archival collection.

Images: (1-3) Melbourne Athenaeum Library. All photos: Janine Eastgate

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Open access 10am-4pm

Enter via Level 1, 188 Collins St Melbourne and follow the signs.


All Ages


188 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

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