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30 Prinsessegracht
Den Haag, ZH, 2514 AP
Netherlands

Museum Meermanno | Huis van het boek (vroeger Meermanno-Westreenianum) is het oudste boekenmuseum ter wereld. Het is gevestigd in het voormalige woonhuis van de stichter van het museum Willem Hendrik Jacob baron van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) aan de Prinsessegracht in Den Haag en richt zich op het geschreven en gedrukte boek in al zijn vormen, in heden en verleden. De ontwikkeling van de vormgeving van zowel oude als moderne boeken staat daarbij centraal.

Adopt a book

Adopt a book

The museum is asking for your support again this year.  In the past, many of you have supported the museum by adopting a book from the collection. Even though things are going well for the museum,  the care of the collection still needs our extra attention. That is why we are asking for your help once more. We are continuing the action, 'Adopt a book', and hope that you are willing to participate again.

The Book Happiness (Boekengeluk) fund

The proceeds from the action are earmarked for a special fund called ‘Book Happiness’ from which various conservation and restoration projects are financed.

How to join Adopt a book

An individual, institution or corporation can adopt a book from the museum’s collection for a specific price. The donor choses a book (perhaps with the help of the curator or head of collections) that appeals to him or her: a manuscript, incunable, or a printed book from the old or modern collection (i.e. private press, artist’s book, etc.).

Any questions or further information about the 'adopt a book' programme, please contact Aafke Boerma via email boekzoekt@meermanno.nl or telephone +31 (0)70-3462700.

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What is conservation and restoration?

Museum Meermanno houses a wealth of books, archives, letters and small prints, such as ex libris. Much of this material has been properly packaged and stored, but maintenance is still necessary.

Newly acquired archival material is cleaned and placed in acid free folders and boxes, and, if necessary, treated by a paper restorer.  Many original designs come from the pre-electronic age and were put together with scissors and glue (or cellophane tape). As the glue dries out, there is a danger that these works will fall to pieces.

In addition, old and fragile volumes will be placed in storage boxes in the coming years to prevent further deterioration.

Making important objects available electronically is also part of conservation. In this way these works can be studied all over the world without having to consult the originals.


There are various possibilities

From € 50: You adopt a book and receive a certificate of thanks for your donation from the museum.

From € 250: You adopt a book and receive a certificate of thanks for your donation from the museum. You receive and invitation for a special meeting where the curator shows you the book of your choice and explains the conservation work. In addition, you receive the museum guide Book Happiness.

From € 1000: You adopt a book and receive a certificate of thanks for your donation from the museum. You receive and invitation for a special meeting where the curator shows you the book of your choice and explains the conservation work. You also have the opportunity to place your name and photo (with company logo if applicable) on the website of Museum Meermanno for a year with a link to your own website. If desired, you can also explain your motivation for selecting the book.  Finally, you will receive a special museum publication for bibliophiles as well as the museum guide Book Happiness.

From € 5000: The same benefits as for a donation of € 1000.  In addition, we would be happy to speak with these donors about the possibilities for an exclusive (company) event with guests/clients at Museum Meermanno.  You also receive a handsome framed print with an image of the book you have chosen.

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Tax benefits

Because Museum Meermanno has ‘ANBI’ (Public-benefit institution) status, donations are tax deductible. For more information, please contact the director, Rickey Tax, tax@meermanno.nl.

Contact

Do you have any questions about 'Adopt a book' please mail out boekzoekt@meermanno.nl or contact Aafke Boerma (Tel) 070-3462700.