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The Book Museum of the National Library of Belarus opened in September, 2006.

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 XV–XXI centuries. A gem of the collection is the Bible (1517–1519) by the Belarusian printing pioneer Francysk Skaryna.

The modern museum equipment, the microclimate the exhibits need and the collection of rare publications of different times 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.



The Keepers of Rarities

The exhibition is timed to the 40th anniversary of the Biblioligy Research Department of the National Library of Belarus. Archival documents, rare photos, book rarities and memorabilia, dedicated to the history and activity of the department, are on display.


Notre-Dame de Paris: More than Cathedral

As a gesture of solidarity and sympathy, the Book Museum has prepared a mini-exhibition dedicated to Notre-Dame Cathedral, which runs since 16 April. The exhibition presents the editions of the famous novel by Victor Hugo (the 1830s), etchings with the views of Notre-Dame by artist Charles Meryon (the 1850s), the cathedral’s interior from Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation album (1804), the outlines of the cathedral on the map of Paris (1734) etc.

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.

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.

Contact phone number: (+375 17) 293 25 85 (the Bibliology department)

Excursions are held daily at the Book Museum (the service is paid). 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).