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 'From national to niche, the museums herein will inspire the reader to discover their own favourite curiosities. Go and seek them out.' - The Field

'Written to celebrate the intriguing and fascinating world of museums (the Fitzwilliam is one of the many museums featured) … One for museum lovers, and perfectly sized for stockings…' - Cambridge Edition

Which are the oldest museums in the world? What is a cabinet of curiosities? Who haunts Hampton Court? What is on the FBI’s list of stolen art?

A Museum Miscellany celebrates the intriguing world of galleries and museums, from national institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to niche collections such as the Lawnmower Museum and the Museum of Barbed Wire. Here you will find a cornucopia of museum-related facts, statistics and lists, covering everything from museum ghosts, dangerous museum objects and conservation beetles to treasure troves, museum heists and the Museum of London’s fatberg.

Bursting with quirky facts, intriguing statistics and legendary curators, this is the perfect gift for all those who love to visit museums and galleries.


Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer and editor based in Cambridge. She is the author of The Real McCoy and 149 Other Eponyms (2018) and A Library Miscellany (2018).

  • Hardback
  • 160 pages, 170 x 110 mm
  • 20 b&w illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781851245116
  • Publication October 2019

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