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Tracing 5,000 years of media history // Guided tour of the permanent exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // Dates on request

Tally sticks, tattoos, anatomy textbooks, neon signs, disguised publications, gravestones, novels or love letters: for more than 5,000 years people have been recording information using written signs. The permanent exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing provides a brief history of human media based on the three media innovations.

The exhibition extends an open invitation to explore earlier forms of communication, memory and writing systems, "old" book forms and "worlds of reading". It documents censorship, showcases masterly examples of book art and addresses the rapid pace of media development in the 20th century.


Information and contact

The guided tours are given in German.


Guided tours are conducted during the opening hours of the museum. Please inquire at least three weeks before the relevant date.


approx. 1.5 hours

Meeting place:

Museum foyer


Free admission

Museum opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00, official holidays 10:00–18:00


Phone + 49 341 2271-324 or

Last update: 19.6.2019

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