I think the first line of the book, explains it perfectly, “Suppose you went into a museum and you didn’t know what it was.” Well this is the book that will help you discover the answer to that question!



At first it all seems rather simple, doesn’t it? A museum is a building that houses a lot of old things… But is it always a building? Could a collection of buildings be the exhibits themselves? Could an entire town essentially be a museum? Are all museums the same? Or do we have different types of museums for different purposes? Suddenly the question of what exactly a museum is becomes so much more complex. And this is exactly why you need to read The Museum Book.


Throughout the book you are taken on a journey of discovery to find out the who, what, where and why behind museums.


This is a book for middle to upper primary, purely due to the sheer amount of words. It isn’t really a bedtime story book. More of a curl up together on the couch type of book. The illustrations are a magnificent eclectic mix of photographs, hand drawn pictures, clip art and everything else you can imagine. The ‘story’ is superbly crafted – a wonderful ‘toe in the water’ to transition into factual picture books.



If you’d like to know about some of the great museums in NSW and the ACT, check our my reviews of the Powerhouse Museum and the National Museum in Sydney, and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

The Museum Book

Author: Jan Mark

Illustrator: Richard Holland

ISBN: 978-1-4063-1972-9

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Written by Nadia



This book was such a great find. I think so far I’m getting more enjoyment out of it. I hope when my two are older they’ll appreciate it more!


And that’s why I bought it! I loved it and I’m hoping they’ll appreciate it for more than just the pictures when they get older!

Janice Taggart

Interesting book – sounds like a good item to add as an extra to a Christmas Stocking list.


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