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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 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 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.



Heroes of the Book Land

The International Children's Book Day is celebrated on 2 April, dedicated to the legendary Danish author and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's birthday (1805–1875). The Book Museum cordially invites you to meet your beloved characters from storied children's books.

The exposition reflects the history of the development of the world and Belarusian children's fiction books for several centuries. Many of the exhibited specimens are being shown to a wide audience for the first time.


"Exhibition of One Book"

The Exhibition is dedicated to the Day of the Orthodox Book and the 400th anniversary of the Kuteinsky Theology Monastery.

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.