The Book Museum, Marikina

Have you ever seen thumbnail-sized books? Have you ever seen the smallest book in the World? The smallest tablet of China? Or the very first edition of Harry Potter? Or the miniature version of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?

If you live within Metro Manila, then don’t fret. These miniature book collections are just a few rides away!

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center

This museum in Marikina houses book collections of Atty. Dominador Buhain. We were given a tour to 3 sections of the museum – the Cordillera and Mindanao sections that displays artifacts from the regions of Cordillera and Mindanao, and the Book Museum. Most of the artifacts were given to Atty. Buhain during his travels. Taking pictures of individual artifact is prohibited.

Some of the artifacts that I was fascinated by were the Carabao-shaped wooden coffin from Cordillera, the chess boards and pieces from Mindanao, and the crown of the princess from Mindanao.

The third section of the museum is the Book Museum. It’s a two-storey building with a giant door designed with Baybayin characters carved around it. It houses a collection of hundreds of books from around the world. The books in the second floor are shelved by country. There are also available benches and tables and chairs for those who want to read. And yes, reading is allowed! You can just ask the staff to get any book you fancied to read, except for the miniature book collections.

Above is the picture I took from the second floor. The foot sculpture at the center is a giant replica of Atty. Buhain’s, which represents his traveling lifestyle.

What really inspired me and Charitie to visit the Book museum is its collection of miniature versions of books. The mini Little Prince book is what really got me excited (because The Little Prince is one of my favorites).

Below is what looks like a tiny Bible. It is one of the smallest books in the world measuring 3.3 millimeters, that contains The Lord’s Prayer in 7 different languages – American English, British English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and Swedish.

Other notable books that can be found in the book museum are the first edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, miniature collection of William Shakespeare’s books, and the smallest diary and calendar.

Also interesting to note are the sculptures displayed as you enter the gate of The Book Museum cum Ethnology center. There is a monument built in honor of Atty. Buhain’s parents, and two other sculptures that were once a tree, and a Meralco post.

According to our tour guide, the sculpture in the far right (manananggal) used to be a tree. The owner of the museum did not want it removed so they just made it into art.

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center is located at 127 Dao Street, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Facebook: @BookMuseum; Tel.nos: (02) 570 4449

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