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Book Museum to Show Book Treasures

Book Museum to Show Book Treasures
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January 1 – December 31
Book Museum (room 347)

The Book Museum of the National Library of Belarus (room 347) invites you to get acquainted with the best examples of typography and manuscripts published over the centuries in different corners of the world.

The permanent exhibition and expositions held in the museum reflect the reach history of the Belarusian and European book culture and the path of formation and development of the country's main library.


At the exhibition you can see the gems of the book collection of the National Library of Belarus:

  • different handwritten books (scrolls, pothi, codes) made from various materials (palm leaves, parchment, bamboo tablets, paper);
  • first printed books, from the first experiments of Johannes Gutenberg from the 1440’s till the end of the 15th century;
  • masterpieces of the Belarusian typography of the 16th – 18th centuries, created by Francysk Skaryna in Prague, Pyotr Mstislavets and the Mamonich brothers in Vilnius, Maxim of Vashchenko in Mogilev, the Radziwills in their Brest and Nesvizh typographies, as well as old printed editions from Kutein, Suprasli, Grodno, Polotsk, etc.;
  • books printed by famous publishing masters of Europe of the 15th – 18th centuries;
  • samples of ancient icon settings and owner's bindings of the 15th – 20th centuries, miniature editions and folios, as well as books with autographs of Belarusian and foreign writers and artists.

In the Book Museum there are tours for children and adults, and the "Book Professors' Club" which organized classes for children and adults.


Work time:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday– the day off.

The summer work time (from July 1st to August 31st):

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Monday, Thursday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday – the day off.

Registration to excursion: (+375 17) 293 27 22.

Registration to Museum classes : (+375 17) 293 27 82.


Belarus. 1941-1945: Feat. Tragedy. Memory


The Belarussian literature reading room (room 205) is running a book exhibition “Belarus. 19421-1945: Feat. Tragedy. Memory” dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus from July 2 to September 4.

A Mysterious Light


The Gallery “Rakurs” (second floor) opened a photo exhibition of Vasyl Belyakou “A Mysterious Light”.

The Route of Courage and Fame


The library has arranged a book-documentary exhibition “The route of brevity and fame,” dedicated to the Victory Day which our country celebrates on May 9. This event receives specific significance on celebration of the Year of Historical Memory and on 100th anniversary of the National Library of Belarus.

Poets of the Belarussian Land


The National Library of Belarus hosted the grand opening of the literary and art exhibition "Pesnyary zyamli Belarusskaj" [Poets of the Belarussian land], dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian writers Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas, on June 23 at the mobile gallery on the 3rd floor