German Museum of Books and Writing

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The German Museum of Books and Writing is the oldest book culture museum in the world.

The German Museum of Books and Writing is the oldest book culture museum in the world, and also one of the most important with regard to the scope and quality of its collection. Serving as a showcase for the German National Library, the museum's new permanent exhibition provides an insight into 5000 years of media history. Entitled "Characters - Books - Networks: From Cuneiform to Binary Code", it spans everything from the rise of early writing systems via bookprinting with movable type through to the digital online world.The  modern reading room houses the specialist library and more than one million museum objects for research, study and practical use. The new display vault features a small selection of special collection items, ranging from medieval manuscripts and early Bible prints through to unique artists' books. The museum gallery is aimed at younger users aged between 6 and 16 in particular, here they can learn all about writing, books and paper in a more informal environment.


German Museum of Books and Writing
Deutscher Platz 1
04103 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 (0) 341 2271324
Fax: +49 (0) 341 2271240
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