From April 25th, 2015, the Printing Museum, Tokyo will be holding an exhibition entitled Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana Exhibition II – Books, the Doors to the Renaissance.
The Vatican library holds a large and collection of rare books without parallel elsewhere in the world.
Thirteen years ago, in 2002, the Printing Museum, Tokyo held a similar exhibition entitled The Invention of Books – An Exhibition of Manuscripts and Incunabula in the Vatican library. This earlier exhibit traced the turning point and transition from handwritten manuscripts to printed books by presenting manuscripts variously linked to the Bible alongside the first books produced in letterpress printing.
The keywords for the upcoming exhibition are "Books" and "the Renaissance." Twenty-one medieval manuscripts, incunabula, maps, and letters owned by Vatican library will be presented together with 48 books owned by the Printing Museum, Tokyo and several domestic institutions. Visitors will experience the fascination of books as living testaments to the Renaissance spirit.
||Apr. 25, 2015 (Sat) - Jul. 12, 2015 (Sun)
||Mondays(except May 4th), May 7th(thu)
||10:00 - 18:00 (final admission: 17:30)
||Adults: 800 yen
University students: 500 yen
High school and junior high school students: 300 yen
Children up to elementary school age (12 years old): free
*50 yen discount per person in groups of more than 20 people
*Free admittance to senior citizens (65 years and over)
*Free admittance to visitors holding handicapped-persons' cards and their attendant
*Free admittance on May 5th(Children's Day of the national holiday)
Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
The Vatican Library
The Japan Bible Society,
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan public relations department,
The Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo