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

Melbourne Athenaeum's 185th anniversary

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


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.

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Visit our historic library and building to find out the role The Ath has played in the cultural, literary and artistic life of Melbourne since 1839.

Images: (1-4) Melbourne Athenaeum Library. All photos: Janine Eastgate.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Open access 10am-4pm
No bookings required

Please come to Level 1 via the stairs or lift


Partially wheelchair accessible, Elevator access

Our heritage lift provides limited wheelchair accessibility


188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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