Baku Museum of Miniature Books

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Baku Museum of Miniature Books
Miniatür Kitab Muzeyi (2016).jpg
Established 2002
Location Inner City No. 1/67, Baku, Azerbaijan
Director Zərifə Salahova

Baku Museum of Miniature Books-is the only museum of miniature books in the world, settled in the old part of Baku, called Inner City.[1] The museum started its operation on April 2, 2002.


Exhibits in the museum were collected by Zarifa Salahova (the sister of Tahir Salahov) over the period of 30 years. Her collection consists of more than 6500 books from 64 different countries.[2] The museum was opened to public viewing with the hope of promoting childhood literacy.[3]

Characteristics of the museum[edit]

The collection contains miniature books published in post-revolutionary Russia and in the Soviet period.

There are books in the exposition from several countries including Moldavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and from the republics of Middle Asia and Europe.There are many rare editions including those of Chukovsky, Barto, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, and works of A.S.Pushkin.[4]Miniature books of the famous Azerbaijani classics, such as Vagif, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Nizami Ganjavi, Nasimi, Fizuli, Samed Vurgun, Mirza Fatali Akhundov and others are exhibited in the museum.

Other notable miniatures in this collection include a 17th-century copy of the Quran,[5] a 13th-century book published by Peter Schöffer (successor to Johannes Gutenberg), and the three smallest books in the world measuring 2mm x 2mm that can only be read with the use of a magnifying glass.[6]

Visitors can also see rare ancient religious books in the museum. The age of the books in the museum is more that 100. The most ancient book is the Koran which was published in Saudi Arabia in 1672. Furthermore, there is a miniature book which consists of the songs of ''Beatles'' music group. New publications are regularly added to the collection in the museum.

Ganja branch[edit]

Ganja Branch of Museum of Miniature Books was opened on May 21, 2016. There are more that 1045 copies of miniature books published in various countries. The exposition also includes books in Russian, Turkish, English, German, Arabic, Georgian and other languages.

Exposition of the museum[edit]


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