How to Build A Museum

How to Build A Museum

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Book - 2016
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The first national museum whose mission is to illuminate for all people, the rich, diverse, complicated, and important experiences and contributions of African Americans in America is opening. And the history of NMAAHC--the last museum to be built on the National Mall--is the history of America. The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the museum itelf and assembling its incredibly far-reaching collections is a modern story that involves all kinds of people, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings to be included in NMAAHC's thematically-organized exhibits. Award-winning author Tonya Bolden has written a fascinating chronicle of how all of these ideas, ambitions, and actual objects came together in one incredible museum. Includes behind-the-scenes photos of literally "how to build a museum" that holds everything from an entire segregated railroad car to a tiny West African amulet worn to ward off slave traders.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780451476371
Branch Call Number: 973.049 Bo
Description: 53 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Audience: Grades 4-6


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Jan 18, 2018

This is a really interesting and beautiful books from many aspects. It is a very good portrayal of how the newest Smithsonian museum finally came to be. Historically and politically, the Smithsonian African American History Museum took many years of hard work to become a reality. The book discusses the major historical and political figures who helped to accomplish the funding and building of the museum. It also explores the design and architecture of the museum, and the significance of some of the artifacts that make up the collections. This book is definititely useful for anyone planning a visit to the museum, and also for those interested in how a museum comes into being. It would be great for young readers,
but also could hold the interest of an adult. I highly recommend it.

ArapahoeKati Sep 14, 2016

Did you know the Smithsonian is opening a brand new museum? Really cool pictures and stories make this a must read for history buffs.


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