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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.


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From 17 May to 14 June, the Documents of international organizations reading room (No 207g) will host a theme exhibition "Smoking or Health – you are to Choose!" dedicated to World No Tobacco Day.

Creating Fairy Tales by Paintbrush


From May 5 to June 12, the Documents on Art reading room (No 306) is launching the book and illustrative exhibition "Creating Fairy Tales by Paintbrush", dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the birth of the Russian artist Viktar Vasniatsow (1848–1926).

Music from the Heart


From March 2 to April 21, the Musical and audiovisual documents reading room (No 305) is hosting the exhibition "Music from the Heart", dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the notable Russian composer, pianist and conductor Siargej Rachmaninaw (1873 – 1943).

Anthem of Poetry and Songs


The jubilee exhibition "Anthem of Poetry and Songs" honours the 85th birthday of renowned Belarussian cultural worker Vladimir Karyzna, is on display from May 3 to June 7 at the Belarusian Literature reading room (No 205) in Minsk.