How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-15 
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"Wow, I am ready to plan a visit to this museum! This nonfiction volume is a fascinating, kid-friendly introduction to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which took over one hundred years to go from dream to reality, and is the last museum to be built on the National Mall. It illuminates the importance of preserving black history for all Americans, and highlights the hard work of those who were dedicated to ensuring that plans for the museum would come to fruition. As a librarian with an art history background, I love that this book went into how the museum built its collection, and the various people who were involved in getting it off the ground.

Families who read this book together will surely be eager to plan a visit.
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"This book is incredible! The history behind the creation of the museum is covered from the initial idea through the many setbacks to the fundraising and construction and symbolism of the design. Then, readers are taken on a tour of the galleries!

I approached this book believing I'd like it, but I am over the moon about it! The way the author so thoughtfully lays out the monumental task of building a museum from scratch really helps young readers consider how museums are planned and executed and how many steps are required for each. By showing readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a museum, they are much more involved in the process and encouraged to develop a discerning eye as to what types of objects make for valuable museum content and also how even small design features contribute to a greater symbolism that supports the museum's mission.

After reading this book I can't wait to visit this museum in person! Recommended for grades 5 and up.
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" Fascinating look at the history and development of the NMAAHC in picture book format covering everything from its conception, setbacks, construction, and exhibits. " said.

" Fascinating history of how this museum came to be. I wanted more information on the exhibits but so appreciate the grit and perseverance required to make this beautiful museum a reality. " said.

" Well researched, high detail, this was a contender for a Juv NF project. Now I want to go to DC & see this museum. " said.

" This nonfiction picture book tells the story of how the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History came to be, from its early beginnings in 1929 to the present day, a time when the museum has finally opened to the public. This book is great for history fans as well as those interested in architecture. " said.

" Picture book format but great for adults. Makes me want to plan a trip to DC! " said.

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