German Museum of Books and Writing

Local nameDeutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum
LocationSoutheast center, Germany

German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig, Germany, founded in 1884 as Deutsches Buchgewerbe-Museum, is the world's oldest museum of its kind, dedicated to collecting and preserving objects and documents as well as literature connected with the history of books, including paper, printing techniques, the art of illustration, and bookbinding. The museum is housed in a modern €60 million annex to the German National Library in Leipzig build in 2011.The museum acquired in 1886 the entire book collection of Heinrich Klemm, which he had sold to the Kingdom of Saxony the year before. A rare copy of a 42-line Gutenberg Bible printed on vellum was among the books in the collection. At the end of World War II, the Bible was taken as war booty and transferred to the Russian State Library in Moscow, where it remains today.

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More information and contact


Official Website

More information at the German National Library


Phone +49 341 2271 318

Address Deutscher Platz 1, 04103 Leipzig, DE

Coordinates 51°19'21.043" N 12°23'42.089" E

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