Book Museum

Georgia’s literary tradition stretches as far back as the 5th century, but other Kartvelian and Proto-Kartvelian languages stretch back even farther. Is it any surprise then that Georgia would be home to a museum where historical artifacts of the written word are collected and preserved?

Where is the Book Museum?

Considered one of the finest museums of its kind in Europe, the First Book Museum is located in the first building of the National Library of the Georgian Parliament. 

Its permanent exhibits allow bookworms to view more than 5,000 rare books, with up to 15,000 unique publications also preserved in the closed library.

Treasures of the Museum

Some of the highlights of the Book Museum include an Italian-Georgian dictionary printed in Rome in 1629 - the first book to have ever been printed in Georgian. There are also books from the publishing house founded by the Georgian King Vakhtang VI in 1675 on display.

In addition, you can see Ilia Chavchavadze’s personal office and library, as well as both Georgian and foreign language printings of what is considered to be Georgia’s greatest ever literary achievement: the Knight in the Panther’s Skin.

Another highlight is the collected library of Russian tsar Mikheil Romanov, with autographed copies of works by Victor Hugo, Dimitri Mendeleev, Antoine Renoir, and other luminaries of the written word.

If you’re a fan of the written word and its history, the Book Museum will surely enchant you.


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