Museum-Library of Simeon Polotsky
Belarus, Polock

In the building of the former Fraternal School, among the halls of the Museum of Belarusian Printing, housed another of the museums of the National Polotsk Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve - the Museum-Library of Simeon Polotsky. It is decorated in the style of a West European library of the XVII – XVIII centuries - two-level placement of bookcases, busts of scientists and philosophers, a reading room and in the middle - a globe (the largest in Belarus). The Polotsk artist I. Kurzhalov artistically embodied this idea. The exposition tells about different periods of life and activity of Simeon of Polotsk: the earliest Polotsk period, the years of study in Kiev and Vilna, the Moscow period of life. A significant place in the museum exposition is given to the literary and publishing activities of Simeon Polotsky. The museum’s showcases housed the originals of his books: The Rod of Reign (1753), The Testoment (1680), The Spiritual Supper (1683), books of the 17th – 18th centuries, copies of manuscripts of the enlightener, and his Baroque figured poems , as well as the works of modern scholars devoted to the life and work of the famous polocyan. The museum was opened on March 25, 1994. The exposition area is 134.5 m2. 145 museum items are exhibited. In addition, part of the collection of printed publications from the collections of the National Polotsk Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve and the fund of the scientific library are stored here. There is a reading room with 10 seats. The museum-library is hosting various presentations, meetings with famous poets and writers, and scientific conferences.

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