Euroregion Elbe/Labe

Book Museum of the Saxon State and University Library

Books from many eras, including the famous Mayan manuscript from the 13th century

It was in 1935 that the Book Museum first opened in the Japanisches Palais (Japanese Palace), where the Saxon State Library was located at the time. After the building was destroyed in 1945, the library moved to a former barracks in Albertstadt, a district of Dresden. A new book museum was established there in 1952 and remained within that framework until 2002. In 2003, the Saxon State, National and University Library of Dresden (SLUB) moved into its new facilities in Zellescher Weg, which also provides space for Book Museum presentations of different sizes. Alongside the most famous exhibit of all - the thirteenth-century Dresden Maya manuscript -, the museum's changing shows feature manuscripts, early printed books, valuable book covers, music autographs, maps and more.


Zellescher Weg 18
01069 Dresden


Tel: +49 (0)351 / 4 67 75 80



Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10 am. to 6 pm., Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 2 pm public tour of the treasure chamber


Admission free of charge


cafespecial exhibitions

museum café, guided tours in foreign languages by previous arrangement, special exhibitions

Guided tours of the Treasure Chamber: every Saturday at 2 pm

Exhibition texts in the Treasure Chamber (permanent exhibition) in German and English Guided tours in English and Spanish by previous arrangement (e-mail: Exhibition texts in English

handicapped accessible in all areas, handicapped accessible toilet

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