Museum of Book and Printing of Ukraine (Kyiv)

Valentyna Bochkovska,
PhD in History, director of Museum, Fulbright scholar

We need your help!!!!! We would like to protect our collections and our museum scholars and workers.
The Museum collection contains 58 000 exhibits – manuscripts, old printed books XVI-XVIII, rare books XIX c., engravings, printing presses, first editions of 19th- and 20th-century Ukrainian books and other publications, bookplates, graphic works and paintings.
The short information about our Museum.

Charity – Privatbank
UA55820172031420100231049961

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The museum is located in one of the ancient buildings of the architectural ensemble of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – a former monastery printing house, which operated since the early ХVІІ century till the 30’s of the XX century (over 300 years).

The exposition presents the stages of development of the history of domestic book writing and book printing from the XI century. and to this day – the emergence of writing in the Eastern Slavs, the art of manuscripts of the XI-XVI centuries, the emergence of printing in Europe, the activities of Ukrainian printing in the XVI-XVIII centuries.

The museum’s collection is a unique collection of books of Cyrillic and Latin prints, including such pearls as the first Ukrainian printed book Apostle (1574, Lviv, printer Ivan Fedorov), Ostroh Bible (1581), Paterik Pechersky (1661, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Printing House), lifetime works of prominent figures of Ukrainian culture – Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Kotlyarevsky, Panteleimon Kulish and other book rarities, and also as the best works of Ukrainian book graphics – works by Vasyl Krychevsky, George and Sergei Yakutovich, Vladimir Ivakhnenko, Vladimir Yurchyshyn.

The exposition of the museum presents samples of printing equipment – machines of the XVI-XX centuries. The museum hosts tours, lectures, festivals, presentations, creative meetings and conferences. There are five exhibition halls, two of which are used for alternating art, literature and photo exhibitions.

Admission fee

  • For an adult – 50 uah.;
  • For children – 15 uah.;
  • Guided tours – 250 uah.

Sightseeing tour

  • for groups with foreign languages (English, Russian, Polish) – 250 uah.

Useful Information

Museum opening hours:

Daily from 10.00 to 17.00

day off – Monday

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Photo gallery

You can see the museum and its life on the photos. We recommend you to visit our museum.

Video gallery

НАЧИТАЛА ШОУ. Стародруки

YouTube video

Котляревський і сучукрліт

YouTube video

Оксана Забужко. Проект “Якими нас прагнете: фемінізм в українській літературі”

YouTube video

“TERRA”. Вернісаж виставки живопису Катерини Косьяненко

YouTube video

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