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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:

     miedziaryt.jpg Recreated Masterpiece

The Book Museum hosts an unusual exhibition titled "The Recreated Masterpiece" on March 30. A unique copper plate of the 17th century is shown together with a portrait of the King and Grand Prince Jan III Sabieski recreated from it using the ancient technology of engraving for the first time.
Af-Chraptovichy.jpg   The Khraptovich Library: on the Way Back 

The Book Museum will present unique exhibits for the first time: the 19th century correspondence of the Khraptovich family and recovered from abroad books from their famous library in Shchorsy..
The Champion of the Belarusian Past

The exhibition "The Champion of the Belarusian Past" is timed to coincide with the 170th anniversary of Aliaksej Sapunou (1851–1924), historian, archaeographer, local history expert.

The exhibition is based on unique materials from Sapunou's personal archive and library. These include biographical documents, gymnasium and student notebooks and correspondence with researchers. There are manuscripts, lithographs, plans and facsimiles of documents to the legendary "Vitebsk Antiquity" and other works. The real rarity is the manuscript "The History of Vitsiebsk" which, unfortunately, was never published.  

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).

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