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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:

The Most High-Profile Space Book

The online exhibition presents a complete collection of old-print editions by Kazimierz Siemienowicz's "The Great Art of Artillery," which is kept in the library's collections.

For centuries, the unique monograph has been one of the most important and top requested scientific works in Europe, one of the fundamental sources for those who laid a foundation for modern rocket science and brought humanity into space. No wonder the study was translated into many European languages (French, German, English, Polish, etc.).

 Af-Latstatut.jpg Foretype Of The European Constitution

Foretype of the European Constitution is an exhibition of rarities from Belarus and Latvia, dedicated to Constitution Day. The exhibition starts on March 16 in the Book Museum of the National Library of Belarus.

The Belarusians were the first in the world to gain constitutional legislation. The 1588 Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania had all the features of a true Constitution, it was drawn up in the Belarusian language and enacted in 1588. The Statute appearance put our people on the podium of the founders of constitutional legislation in Europe and the world.

Biełaruskaja Łacinka

The exhibition is dedicated to the Belarusian Latin alphabet (or Łacinka), which is a special element of the Belarusian culture. It presents literary monuments created in Belarusian with the use of the Latin alphabet from the 17th century to the present days.

A separate section of the exhibition shows the history of the development of the Latin alphabet and presents Belarusian language primers, anthologies and grammar books by Karuś Kahaniec, Rudolf Abicht, Janka Stankievič, Vaclau Lastouski, Branislaw Tarashkyevich and others.

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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