The domed Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia was built in 1913 and its architecture was inspired by the British Museum in London and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The octagonal space includes a first floor reading level and four gallery levels and was built to house over a million books and up to 600 occupants. The beautiful domed ceiling is 114 feet tall and was the largest dome in the world at the time it was completed. Tour around this historic library, and check out its unique shape in floor plan view!
The State Library of Victoria celebrated its 160th birthday in 2016 by hosting Melbourne Music Week (MMW). Melbourne's world-renowned music scene came together for the 9-day event in November, and featured over 110 events and 240 artists at the iconic library..
The Queensland Steam & Vintage Machinery Museum is a museum filled with replicas of some of Australia's steam locomotives and machines. The museum has restored and repaired dozens of vehicles and machines to display to visitors how they would have been operated in the past..
St. John's Cathedral is a rich, cultural landmark for Brisbane, Australia. Located in the heart of the city, the cathedral stands tall among Brisbane's office high-rises. This unique landmark features wood carvings, a stone-vaulted ceiling, and 350 million-year-old limestone..
Renowned for its high Victorian interiors and rich decoration, Sydney Town Hall is the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia. When completed in 1889, it was the colony's most daring, technologically innovative and controversial building, and it dominated the Sydney skyline for almost a century. Step into the Vestibule, one of the most historic Victorian interiors in Australia, to see some of the finest craftsmanship from the period. Over 40 different colors and 22 carat gilt highlights decorate the intricate plasterwork. The crystal chandelier hanging from the glass dome was installed 1880 and has over 160 light globes..
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum and former prison located in Melbourne, Australia. Construction began in 1839, and the compound was used as a prison from 1842 until 1929. It held some of Australia's most notorious criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. Explore three floors of the prison and walk into several open cells with displays of artifacts from the prison’s operation..