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Book Museum

Visit the museum and learn about the centuries-old traditions of the Belarusian printing as part of the world history of the book.

Check out the samples of book printing of different countries and epochs.

The exhibition hall (288 sq m) presents over 300 unique book monuments: manuscripts and early printed books, rare editions of the 15th–21st centuries.

The Bible (1517–1519) by the Belarusian printing pioneer, Francysk Skaryna, is a gem of the collection.

Modern equipment and microclimate, original exhibits and rare publications of different epochs create an enchanting atmosphere of a journey to the world of books.

Also, you will find a lot of interesting facts about the history of the National Library.

Permanent expositions of the Museum

The Gate to Book Treasures

The exposition is devoted to the development of Belarusian book-printing as part of the world history of the book and main features of Belarusian, European and Eastern book cultures.

The exhibition displays original documents from collections of the National Library of Belarus (replicas of archival documents, bibliographies, manuscripts, and other materials) which show a rich history of foundation and development of the major library of Belarus.


Jason Art-Book

The unique edition was the result of a joint project by the Belarusian graphic artist and member of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Fiodar Shurmialiou, and the Greek poet and collector Christos Giannakos.

The artist reinterprets ancient Greek mythology in the complex technique of etching. The book contains eight poems and eight etchings, printed on Italian Fabriano paper. Silk thread has been used for the binding and handmade French marbled paper has been used for the flyleaves.

Exhibition Engraving: Lembit Lõhmus and the Viennese School

The exhibition presents subtle and perfect graphic works of contemporary artists, made in the technique of classical engraving.

In Belarus, engraving was practised by Tomash Makouski, Aliaksandr and Liavonci Tarasievich, Maksim Voshchanka and others. Today, there are practically no Belarusian craftsmen working in this very complex technique.

The core of the exhibition consists of modern artworks from the private collection of bibliophile Alieh Sudliankou, as well as works by foreign artists specially sent to Belarus for this exhibition. Most of them are ex-libris, characterised by great detail and a very high level of craftsmanship.

Exhibition archive

Thematic excursions to the Museum

Excursion for children “A journey to the book treasure land”
A fascinating excursion will acquaint children 10–12 years old with the history of books: the earliest manuscripts, the origin and traditional design of hand-written books, the invention of book-printing and various ways of designing printed books.

Opening hours:

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

Summer working hours (from June 1& to August 31):

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

For more info: (+375 17) 293 25 85 (Book Research Department)

Excursions are held daily at the Book Museum (the service is chargeable). Excursions timetable: from 10 p.m. till 5 p.m. To book an excursion, please call: (+375 17) 293 27 22 (the Museum activities section).