National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus

Secrets of Belarusian Writing

Exhibition from the collection of Vladimir Likhodedov, researcher, laureate of the "For Spiritual Revival" award, author of the project "In Search of the Lost".
The exhibition presents the most complete unique personal collection of instruments for writing from the tools of our ancestors to the 20th century. Only here you can see ancient writing, the first pencils, feather deposits and the earliest automatic pens, sandboxes, paper knives, as well as ink bottles and inkwells of various shapes and materials. You will find out what special writing instruments the traveler's suitcase contained, what products of well-known domestic and foreign manufacturers were in demand and were sold in stationery and paper stores of the Belarusian provinces in the 19th - early 20th centuries. The exposition will allow you to look into the classrooms of different eras and get acquainted with the belongings of students. Among them are notebooks from different manufacturers, gray, colored and mechanical pencils, fountain pens, sharpeners, bookmarks, pencil cases.
Some writing materials have a special history, they are dedicated to significant events or associated with such famous people as the princes Radzivils, composer S. Manyushko, local historian O. Gedman, financier L. Polyakov, Tyshkevich brothers, marshal S.K. Timoshenko and others.
For the most interested, there are samples of jewelry writing instruments, writing sets and inkwells in various artistic styles, as well as promotional stationery from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The exhibition allows you to look behind the mysterious veil into the world of material culture associated with the traditions of Belarusian writing. It is expected to be exhibited in leading museums and libraries around the world.

The exhibition is open until January 31st, 2023.

Cost of the visiting:
Adult ticket - 10 BYN
Students - 7 BYN
Pensioners, schoolchildren - 5 BYN

If you have an entrance ticket to the general exposition of the museum, a 50% discount is provided for visiting the exhibition "Secrets of the Belarusian Writings".

Museum address: st. Karl Marx, 12
tel. (017) 374-35-32, 374-83-22