State Library Victoria has partnered with La Trobe University to present the Poison Cabinet, an exciting new immersive game for teens.

After hours on Friday 7 October, the State Library will be transformed into a dark and mysterious labyrinth for the highly anticipated Poison Cabinet, a game that challenges teens to decipher puzzles and crack codes.

On the night teams will embark on a quest through the historic building. Using their ingenuity, creative thinking and collaboration, they’ll complete six challenges to uncover what’s hidden inside the poison cabinet, ultimately culminating in a dramatic finale.



The game was developed by State Library Victoria in partnership with La Trobe University to create an experience for young people that would be fun, interactive, develop new skills and allow them to experience the Library in a unique way.

“The Poison Cabinet is an exciting adventure, it’s like the Amazing Race inside the State Library. The challenges are fun, and at the same time they develop skills that are essential to everyday life like problem-solving and negotiation. It’s really learning through stealth,” said Justine Hyde, Director of Library Services and Experience, State Library Victoria.




“It gives young people the chance to experience the Library in a way that no one else has. It shows them that the Library is their place, and that there’s a lot going on here worth being part of,” she said.

La Trobe University’s Professor Chris Mackie said the Poison Cabinet would give young students a taste of university life.

“To unlock the clues, these young adults need to think outside the box and harness their critical and imaginative capabilities,” Professor Mackie said.

“We want them to realise that learning can be a lot of fun.  The Poison Cabinet requires collaboration, critical thinking and teamwork all of which will be very useful when they come to University.”

Find out more about future Poison Cabinet events. 


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