Bibliothèque Humaniste

Bibliothèque Humaniste, Selestat: Hours, Address, Bibliothèque Humaniste Reviews: 4.5/5

Bibliothèque Humaniste
4.5
Libraries • History Museums
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Discover a host of Renaissance treasures in a museum in the heart of Alsace! Explore the secrets of some truly exceptional books... The Bibliothèque Humaniste takes visitors on a fascinating journey, from medieval manuscripts to rare printed works 15th and 16th century, in a magnificent architectural setting created by Rudy Ricciotti. Follow in the footsteps of illustrious humanist Beatus Rhenanus and marvel at his personal library, a treasure which features on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Dáša E
Prague, Czech Republic4 contributions
Amazing!
Aug 2019 • Couples
A great collection of medieval prints and manuscripts. Displays also in German and English, thus no audioguides needed. It was amazing to see Martin Luther's handwritten notes.
Written 8 August 2019
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Written 26 August 2019
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Bjarne A
Hamburg19 contributions
If you are into the history of humanism and especially libraries this is a must
Jul 2019 • Family
Very well preserved and well presented library materials from the last more than a thousand years. Presented in original print as well as modern digital technology
Written 19 July 2019
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Written 26 August 2019
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J0anned568
Canberra, Australia691 contributions
A joy - worthy of a side trip to see
Jun 2019 • Couples
This humanist library in Selestat is well worth a visit. The village is about 25 mins by train south of Strasbourg or can be reached by car. It contains a priceless collection of early books and manuscripts. If you like books and their early history this is a must see location. While the reading room is not accessible to casual visitors, there is an interesting display of material, both physical and also in digital presentation. I read with fascination of the first account of the use of the word 'America'. In the manuscripts we saw early use of editing symbols so familiar to us today (e.g. the paragraph marker). We were lucky when we were visiting as a local professor was talking to some children - it was he who had translated one of the famous texts into modern German. He spoke to us excitedly about the work. No photos were allowed.
Written 14 July 2019
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Written 26 August 2019
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marvinge
Vienna, Austria965 contributions
What a Museum - don't miss it
Oct 2018 • Friends
the most interesting library - museum with a tremendous amount of super expositions and a SENSATIONAL ARCHITECTURE
the display of the exhibits with digital means while seeing the original in the glass safe
is exemplary
Written 30 October 2018
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Thank you very much !
Written 31 October 2018
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HaNosseah
Basel, Switzerland251 contributions
An outstanding museum
Jul 2018 • Friends
This renaissance library has recently been completely renovated is now a beautiful museum. The building itself is from the renaissance, and they have built on a small, exquisite addition. Congratulations to the architects! The museum's exhibits illustrate the emergence of humanism from the Middle Ages in an area where modern France, Germany and Switzerland meet. There is of course a great emphasis on books and on education in the 15th and 16th centuries. The influence of Italy is shown, as are the close relations between cities like Strasbourg and Basel. The exhibits are very hands-on, lots of computer displays and visuals/audios. It should be a must-see for every school class in the region studying the renaissance and humanism. The Bibliothèque also houses a large collection of mediaeval and renaissance books for scholarly consultation.
Written 19 July 2018
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Thank you !
Written 13 August 2018
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alexk333
Manhattan Beach, CA50 contributions
Still under renovation
Sep 2014 • Couples
Was really looking forward to seeing the works within the museum, but unfortunately renovations are still ongoing. Signs posted suggested that renovations are to continue until late 2015/2016 so if you're making a special trip to visit, might want to rethink your plans. Having said that, the building on the outside is beautiful and there's plenty to see and do in Selestat. There is a small area with some prints of what you would see inside avail but its certainly not the same. Will certainly need to make a trip back when renos are complete.
Written 14 October 2014
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Dallasbirder
Dallas, Texas128 contributions
Under renovation
Apr 2014 • Friends
This is one of Europe's more important library collections of humanist literature, but the building is currently under renovation and only a very small reception area with a few precious items are on display.
Written 8 May 2014
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ELear
Ancona, Italy3,163 contributions
Absolutely fascinating
Jan 2014 • Solo
Even more interesting than I'd expected, particularly the very early maps of the other side of the Atlantic. Also more relaxed. What the non-academic visitor sees is a collection of ancient books rather than a working library, so you're perfectly free to talk. Children will enjoy it as much as adults.
Written 9 March 2014
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Amirhir
Pardes Hanna Karkur, Israel128 contributions
Very interesting museum
Really enjoyed exploring the books (some dated back to the seventh century!) using the informative audio guide.
The only problem was a school activity which was a bit noisy and made some areas difficult to access.
Written 17 October 2013
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monizu41
Ramat Gan, Israel168 contributions
most wonderful !
Aug 2013 • Couples
One of the most interesting and outstanding libraries, it is preserved in its original decor and when you step inside you have the feeling of going back in time.The architecture and the atmosphere is just amazing. Among the priceless items there is a copy of the oldest bibles in the world. Don't skip this wonderful experience !
Written 20 September 2013
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