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100 Year Old Dome to welcome the next generation
A certain chill may have descended on Melbourne, but parents looking for an inside outing, will be delighted to learn it's still warm and dry inside the State Library of Victoria.
And children are welcome.
One of Melbourne's treasured landmarks, the State Library of Victoria and Culture Mamas invite you to join a pram-friendly guided tour on Thursday 13th June from 10.30-11.30am.
The tour will take in the splendour of the library's majestic Dome. Celebrating its 100th year in 2013, the dome is described by historian Stuart Macintyre as a 'magical hidden place'.
The tour will then move on to explore the current exhibition, 'Mirror of the World', showcasing some of the 'rare, beautiful and historically significant books' in the Library's collections.
While you're there, pop into the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery to explore 'Enchanted Dome: The library and imagination'. It's an exhibition dedicated to artistic representations of the dome since the1950s and includes writings, prints, cartoons, photographs and paintings. 'Enchanted Dome' is open until 14th July, and like the tour, it's free.
Whether you're a book lover, or just looking for a different way to spend your day indoors, discover the secrets of one of Melbourne's oldest and most treasured cultural icons in the company of others.
Is that part not open to the public anymore? I used to study there in about 1988 and 89, it was so quiet and awesome. I loved the wooden desks and green lamps. Everyone there respected the quiet and didn't talk loudly - you would whisper. Not like the city library in Flinders Lane or even the front part of the state Library where I used to use the public computers about ten years ago, a guy next to me once was repeatedly opening porn on his p.c and laughing. Anyway, I'm ranting.