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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 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.

Exhibitions:

 Af_Jan_Barszczewski.jpg Only a Week for a Unique Exhibition "Jan Barshcheuski, who Loved God, Nature and People" in Minsk

An exhibition "Jan Barshcheuski, who Loved God, Nature and People" is on show at the Book Museum of the National Library of Belarus from July 22. Authentic first-hand accounts of the famous writer, one of the founders of the new Belarusian literature, will be presented together for the first time.
 histexlibr_AF.jpg Stories are Written with Ex-libris

On the eve of the International Day of Museums, the Library opened the exhibition "Stories are Written with Ex-libris". It is the result of an artistic experiment by pupils, who had the opportunity to become real museum curators and designers.
 Af_mb_ex_libris.jpg Young Belarusian Ex-libris

During the International Children's Day celebration, the “Young Belarusian Ex-libris” exhibition was opened in the Book Museum, where the works of the participants of the Ex-libris contest have been presented.
 Af-Dzurer.jpg Liberation of the Spirit

May 21 marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of the great German artist, graphic artist and art theorist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). The book exhibition "Liberation of the Spirit" is dedicated to his oeuvre.
  Af-Chyrvonaya_kniha.jpg The Red Book

An exhibition "The Red Book" will be on show in the Book Museum since May 13. The main exhibit will be an art book by young Belarusian artists Marina Zhvirblia and Fiodar Shurmeleu.
  miedziaryt.jpg French superexlibris of the 17th – 18th centuries

The exhibition presents samples of French bookbinding skills of the 17th – 18th centuries.
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 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 – 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).