Victoria Gallery, endowed by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation, is the Library's newest exhibition space.
Grandly proportioned and dramatically lit, the heritage gallery showcases treasures from the Library's collection, as well as from other institutions and private collections, to tell the stories of our state.
The stories and collection items presented in the Victoria Gallery change annually, providing an immersive and interactive experience for visitors and placing the best of Victoria’s many great treasures on public display.
The inaugural exhibition, Velvet, Iron, Ashes, showcased how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly was connected to cricket's celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss was connected to Victoria's Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of our prime ministers once wore a glittering velvet cloak that symbolised the Murray–Darling irrigation scheme.
The Victoria Gallery can be entered via the accessible La Trobe Street entrance and the Russell Street Welcome Zone.
About the Victoria Gallery
The Victoria Gallery opened in October 2019 as part of the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment project, and was made possible by an $8 million gift from the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation.
The grand heritage space originally opened in 1892 as the home of the National Gallery of Victoria (until 1968). It subsequently housed Melbourne Museum’s ethnographic collection (until around 1999), when it became a staff workspace for the Library.
- For more about the Victoria Gallery, read our research guide.
Velvet, Iron, Ashes was on display until 12 July 2020.
- Exhibition tours