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Exhibitions & Rooftop Cafe at Mitchell State Library

photos taken in Kill or Cure exhibition space for promotional use
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 Exhibitions and rooftop Cafe at Mitchell State Library

photos taken in Kill or Cure exhibition space for promotional use

Kill or Cure? A taste of medicine

Free exhibition, until 22 January 2023

This immersive exhibition takes you behind the curtain of Western medicine’s macabre history — from the knife-wielding barber-sugeon to crackpot cures, mysteries of the wandering womb to blood-curdling surgical procedures pre-anaesthesia, and game-changing scientific advancements.

Enter treatment rooms with surgical instruments that will make your skin crawl. Touch the interactive walls to hear travelling quack doctors spruik dangerous cures. Meet the bloodletting man and learn why veins were opened to ‘restore health’.

The exhibition draws on the Library’s incredible rare books collection to highlight some of the most powerful and enduring ideas in Western medicine.


Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books

Free exhibition, until 9 July 2023
Immerse yourself in the wonder of picture books through rarely seen illustrations, rich audiovisual content and hands-on activities. No matter your age, this exhibition is sure to brighten your day.
Be reunited with quirky characters from some of your favourite stories, like May Gibbs’ adorable Gumnut Babies and Ted Prior’s likeable bush character, Grug.
View original artwork from some of Australia’s best contemporary children’s authors/illustrators, including Matt Cosgrove and Bronwyn Bancroft, and discover some new favourites in newcomers like illustrator Christina Huynh (Grandma’s Treasured Shoes).
We’ve set up a dedicated activity space, brimming with fun things to do. Kids can learn how to draw their favourite characters, curl up with a book from the exhibition, or play with a giant textured tree and magnetic wall.

Photographs for new Library Bar website

& The Library Bar

Nestled atop the Library’s historic Mitchell building, The Library Bar offers a unique experience in the heart of Sydney.  

This exciting venue is part of the Library’s grand plan to turn the iconic public institution inside out and create amazing spaces for Sydneysiders and visitors.

Head to the observation deck* for stunning views of the Harbour and across the Domain. Enjoy open-air sunset cocktails with friends, or find a cosy spot indoors and soak up the warm and friendly atmosphere.

The carefully curated menu aims to showcase the best products NSW has to offer.

Wednesday to Saturday, 4 pm – 10 pm, for cocktails, wine and grazing. A limited number of tables are reserved for walk-ins, however we recommend booking a table before you visit.

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