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(Welcome to the Museum)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  752 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Welcome to the Museum is a series of books set on the "walls" of the printed page, showcasing the world's finest collections of objects from natural history to art. Open 365 days a year and unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, each title in this series is organized into galleries that display more than 200 full-color specimens accompanied by lively, informati ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Big Picture Press (first published 2014)
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This is a perfect pick for children who have to be dragged out of the Natural History Museum at closing time. The pages are filled with detailed, beautiful drawings by London-based artist and curator Katie Scott. Printed on heavyweight cream papers, sifting through the treasures in this book will feel like peeking into the journals and logs of naturalists from the 1800s. -- Karina Glaser

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3.5 Stars

A christmas present from my best friend on my Museum Studies course (where I did my specialist module on curating Natural History collections), this oversized coffee-table book purporting to be a ‘museum…between two covers’ is utterly gorgeous to look at. It is beautifully illustrated and beautifully laid out and my friend is very lucky I didn’t spot it first otherwise I would have almost certainly brought it for myself. It was only on researching it a bit more to write the review that
Edward Sullivan
Magnificent! The next best thing to visiting a natural history museum.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book! Lovely illustrations, great for all ages.
Mariana Gevak
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Хоч ми читаємо дуже багато дитячих книг,я чомусь майже ніколи про них не відписуюся.

Але про Анімаліум хочеться розповісти! Чудова книга для будь якого віку! Особливо її любить моя трирічна донька. І не лише розглядати прекрасні ілюстрації, а й слухати. Останні вечори, це не я читаю, а вона мені розповідає про рибку - клоуна, і рибку - мандарин, і жабу- помідор, і приматів 😁
Я була здивована результатом!
Якщо ви ще не вирішили, що подарувати дітям у миколайсько - різдвяний період , то зверніть ува
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
On the front of this gorgeous oversized book, a sticker reads “Welcome to the Museum,” and indeed, as you turn the pages, you will feel as if you have stepped into the magical world of a natural history museum that has somehow come right into your house.

As Dr. Sandra Knapp of London’s Natural History Museum observes in the forward, we share our planet with about two million other species of living things, and these show incredible diversity. But of course we don’t always get to see many of the m
Leilah Skelton
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A private admittance to your very own museum? What a fantastic concept! Imagine: you can peruse at a pace that suits you, and linger in specially curated ‘rooms’, poring over each and every fantastically presented ‘exhibit’. You can visit at any time that you like, and stay for as long you might fancy. There’s some kind of alchemy going on here, as this feels like something other than just a reading experience. Here’s a mixture of fascination, education, and wonder – all bound within the pages o ...more
Vera Godley
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
As with Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum when I reviewed it, I was simply fascinated and thoroughly impressed with the presentation, information, and art of the beautiful oversized book. In Animalium: Welcome to the Museum, we have a pretty clear presentation of Darwin's evolutionary theory as being an accepted theory. I disagree and hold to the Creation concept of the species. I still think, however, that this is a fascinating book and those who hold to either origin of creatures will discover ...more
The illustrations in this book are absolutely delightful
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, j
This over-sized nonfiction book about animal classification, besides being gorgeous, is very unique. The premise is that you are entering a museum; instead of chapters, there are galleries; for the detailed index, you enter the library; the author and illustrator are curators. The color palette is subtle and beautiful. The fine lined pen and ink (colored digitally) pictures are detailed and gorgeous, with a vintage feel. At the entrance to the museum is a two page spread tree of life. A full pag ...more
This is a beautiful oversized, coffee table book containing an overview of the animal kingdom. It's very nice and I was surprised when I noticed it said ages 8-12 on the back. I think it's much better suited to adults actually.

The illustrations are lovely and I really enjoy the "museum" style, but, alas, I didn't feel transported into a museum. My biggest issue with this book is the information in it felt very sparse. That is perhaps why I didn't buy the museum gimmick. There was usually the nam
American Mensa
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Animalium is literally for everyone.

Fascinating yet educational, the amazing world of Animal Kingdom opens up right in front of your eyes with Animalium, a picture encyclopedia of Life Science Studies on the animal classifications. The book contains astonishing collection of more than 160 colorful and nostalgic illustrations by a London based artist and curator, Katie Scott. Her Sepia brown tinted drawings printed on the slightly yellow parchment colored papers are magical enough to transport yo
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
My goodness. This one actually took me several days to get through. The text is quite dense; this is a book for middle grades. Little ones might enjoy the beautiful pictures, but I think the language would be rather beyond them. It's really a good book, full of interesting information. My only sadness is that it reads an inch deep and a mile wide (out of necessity) so I often had additional questions or curiosities about things. This is good though, it will encourage kids to ask questions and se ...more
To be fair, I didn't read the entire thing, but it doesn't seem to be meant for that. As a portable museum, it's perfect. Tiny bits of information that would inspire you to learn more about a particular topic. Oversize pages that convey the feeling you get in a museum looking at specimens. And the freedom to include anything within the pages, not being restricted by the cost of storing or maintaining actual animal bits.

My four-year-old had a great time turning to different pages and having me re
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! It is huge---coffee-table sized---and filled with amazing illustrations of life on earth, from sponges and sea slugs, to mackerel, poison-dart frogs, and Gila monsters, to penguins, owls, koalas and elephants. The book is also full of fascinating facts. Did you know that elephants are most closely related to manatees? That it is possible for one mouse to give birth to over 100 young in a single year? That bats do not come out to hunt in the rain because falling raindro ...more
Incredibly detailed pictures are the main attraction here; they reminded me of 19th-century naturalists' illustrations. The words weren't as good--they seemed absurdly focused on evolution. Definitely worth taking a look at.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous artwork! A natural history museum in a book!
Vicki Bivens
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book to look at with or without the informative content.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, nonfiction
This is a fun and educational book, though I feel like it could be a bit better. I was surprised by just how large it is, but given the amount of detail in the illustrations and the young target audience, I think that size works to its advantage. The book is in essence a sort of "best of" of the Animal Kingdom, following the course of evolution as it goes from invertebrates to mammals. Each chapter covers a bunch of species that are either especially significant from a scientific standpoint, esp ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a lovely book if you are looking for an art book but it has its drawbacks as a science book.
The color reproduction is not good. There is a brown cast to the pages which may be intentional, but causes arrows to features and such to be hard to read. In the text accompanying the pictures there are many references to animals that are not pictured on the facing pages. Perhaps that is to get children to look into further references, but I think it would make more sense to have some pictures t
Garrett Haynes
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very fun and well illustrated book about the animal kingdom. You get to see different families of mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, and fish with beautiful illustrations of species in each. Each illustration comes with the common name, scientific name, measurements, and a short description. Would be a great and fascinating introduction for kids to get them excited and interested in the amazing biodiversity of life on earth. You may create a future biologist, entomologist, herpetologist, zoolo ...more
5 ★

Well, it has certainly taken me a long time to finish this. But now I can say for sure that I looove this book!! The illustrations are beautiful and the information is so interesting to me so how could I NOT love it? I also really love the hugeness of it... Just like, how it’s two feet tall? Idk.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as well-done as Botanicum, but I didn't enjoy it as much. Basically the same in terms of design, illustration, style, etc., so I think it has to do with my own preference for plant life rather than animals.
Sarah Herb
I did not enjoy this book whatsoever. The best part about it was the realistic pictures, but it was too advanced of a book that I could barely comprehend. I would keep it in my classroom strictly for the pictures, but it is not a read aloud or independent reading book.
This book is a work of art, it is beautiful and wonderfully illustrated.

It makes you dream, it feels like an old treasure.

Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nuostabios iliustracijos!
Luci H.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uzasna kniha. Dalsi do sbirky pro budouci generace. Je super, ze u nas vychazi tolik krasnych knih, ktere budou moje deti jednou zboznovat urcite stejne, jako ja.
Pennie Larina
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Несподівано гигантська і очікувано чудова книжка. Купила заради ілюстрацій, і вони не розчарували.
Seema Rao
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is like an old school encyclopedia with historical animal illustrations. Lovely but a bit uninteresting.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Particularly loved the illustrations
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Jenny Broom studied at the Slade and now writes, edits, and illustrates fiction and non- fiction for children of all ages. She lives in London.

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