Forget about your Picassos and Cézannes. What you really need to know is where the Mustard Museum is (answer: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin--displaying some 1,700 kinds of mustard) or the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (downtown Minneapolis). Thanks to the research of Lynne Arany and Archie Hobson, the country's bizarre and obscure museums--including the Barbie Hall of Fame and the Goodyear World of Rubber collections--are collected in one magnificent, if somewhat strange, volume. It canvasses the back roads and major highways of the U.S., is organized alphabetically by state, and includes an index by category as well as an index to virtual museum Web sites. Useful for the traveler who wants an alternative to the main drag or seeks destination inspiration, Little Museums provides good perusal fodder and armchair travel as well. --Stephanie Gold
From Library Journal
One example of America's diversity is the multitude of museums found throughout the country. This book lists numerous unique museums dealing with many subjects, from the personal, as in S.P. Dinsmoor's version of the garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas and the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina, to the more popular, as in the Judaica Museum in the Bronx or the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. Small museums are distinguished from others not by their size but by number of visitors. These are museums where you can get up close and personal with the exhibits. Arany, author of the "Born to Shop" travel series, and Hobson, editor of the Cambridge Gazetteer, offer a short description of each museum, address, basic map location, hours, and an index by category. They arrange their book by state, with a brief introduction to the "feel" of the state and a short list of "big" museums and other highlights located there. Although over 1000 museums and a useful index have been included, the entries tend to be dry and uninteresting, perhaps too short to convey adequately the experience of the museum. Not recommended.?Julia Stump, Voorheesville P.L., N.Y.
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