For book lovers around the globe, nothing is better than being inside a library or even just a room full of books. The scent of the pages is relaxing, and spending hours curled up with a good novel in hand is time well spent.
There are actually museums around the world dedicated to books, and if you're a bibliophile, these places might pique your interest. Pore over displays of original manuscripts and limited edition copies of books from way before, or just simply admire all these preserved pages and wonder about the stories written in them.
Fancy going in on one? Here are some of the best museums for book lovers.
National Museum, New Delhi. India's National Museum is impressive. It holds over fourteen thousand works of ancient Arabic and Asian scrolls. These manuscripts aren't just written by anyone. They are composed of Holy Buddhist texts, Ancient Sanskrit poems, the autobiography of Mughal Emperor Babur, and much more.
Dr. Seuss Museum, Massachusetts. Although this place is not yet open until June of this year, it's a wonderful place to look forward to by young bibliophiles. The 3,200 square foot exhibit will host many activities that will promote reading to children, and families can enjoy exploring the world of author Ted Geisel, the writer behind famous kids' stories such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Horton Hears a Who".
British Library, London. The British Library is more like a museum than a library, and it's because of their free, daily exhibitions of book treasures that will make your hair stand on end. Imagine looking with your very own eyes the world's earliest printed book and the original manuscript of Beowulf-it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Charles Dickens Museum, London. Who doesn't know Charles Dickens? The author behind the timeless classics such as "The Tale of Two Cities" and "Oliver Twist' has a museum dedicated to him and his works, and if you're a fan you can visit it in Doughty Street in London. All the exhibitions inside are sure to enrapture book lovers from young to old.
Shrine Of The Book, Jerusalem. This museum is probably one of the most treasured museums in the world, only because it holds the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, the foundation upon which Christianity was born. The museum itself is a marvel-it's designed like the jars where the scrolls are found in Qumran in 1947.