From the Seine to the Yarra: Art Deco in Melbourne 

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State Library Victoria


Some of the most beloved buildings in Melbourne were influenced by the Art Deco style that emerged in Europe during the early 20th century.

Art Deco was most popular around the Melbourne centenary in 1934, with architect Robin Boyd declaring it a ‘revolution’ in modern architecture. 

The Library’s image collection contains wonderful examples of the rise of this architectural style, such as the Manchester Unity Building, the Capitol Theatre, inner city apartments and even the luxurious passenger train The Spirit of Progress

A workshop for clever gift givers

Make your own beautiful craft treasures

Join us for hands-on craft activities designed to make gift giving that much easier this festive season. Learn how to make your own pom-pom tree decorations, pop-up cards and paper stars, gift wrapping paper and gift tags.

Handmade Universe: Festive Craft Workshops
Wednesday 7 December, 6.30pm–9pm
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Tickets $25 ($20 for members & concession)


What’s on 

Upcoming highlights at the Library

Overland editor Evelyn Araluen

2022 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture

Tomorrow night! Don’t miss Overland editors discussing the magazine’s rich history of compelling stories. 

Thu 17 Nov, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Conversation Quarter

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People attending an event at StartSpace

Study Melbourne Future Founders Festival  evening celebration

Meet, celebrate and be inspired by emerging and established startup founders in Melbourne. 

Thu 24 Nov, from 5.15pm
State Library Victoria 

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illustration of the Storyline Express miniature locomotiveGandel Storytelling Workshop: Storyline Express

Discover tales from the Storyline Express: a miniature locomotive full of friendly and furry passengers.   

Sat 3 Dec, 11am–12.30pm & 2pm–3.30pm
Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter

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Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit. 

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