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Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides

See below for a selection of the latest books from Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides category. Presented with a red border are the Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Royal Albert Hall Official Souvenir Guide

The Royal Albert Hall Official Souvenir Guide

Author: Royal Albert Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2019

The Royal Albert Hall is the world's most famous stage and embodies all that is fundamental to the arts - inspiring, aspirational, and, most importantly, accessible. Embedded in the fabric of London since 1871, every year the Hall inspires millions of people through unforgettable experiences for artists and audiences alike. This official guide to the Royal Albert Hall provides an illustrated account of the history of the building, the huge variety of events and people who have taken to the stage, and the Hall's ongoing work to create memories, change lives and provide inspiration through music. The Royal Albert Hall guidebook is a perfect memento for visitors to the venue, a gift for someone special, or an accompaniment to the many guided tours the Hall offers, providing a detailed insight into this iconic building and its unrivalled programme of events.

Oxford Botanic Garden A Guide

Oxford Botanic Garden A Guide

Author: Simon Hiscock, Chris Thorogood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2019

Oxford Botanic Garden has occupied its central Oxford site next to the river Cherwell continuously since its foundation in 1621 and is the UK's oldest botanic garden. The birthplace of botanical science in the UK, it has been a leading centre for research since the 1600s. Today, the garden holds a collection of over 5,000 different types of plant, some of which exist nowhere else and are of international conservation importance. This guide explores Oxford Botanic Garden's many historic and innovative features, from the walled garden to the waterlily pool, the glasshouses, the rock garden, the water garden and `Lyra's bench'. It also gives a detailed explanation of the medicinal and taxonomic beds and special plant collections. Lavishly illustrated with photographs taken throughout the seasons, this book not only provides a fascinating historical overview but also offers a practical guide to the Oxford Botanic Garden and its work today. Featuring a map of the entire site and a historical timeline, it is guaranteed to enhance any visit, and is also a beautiful souvenir to take home.

Places in Italy A Private Grand Tour

Places in Italy A Private Grand Tour

Author: Francis Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

This personal, and wonderfully well informed, selection of the most rewarding towns, cities, villages and individual monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning traveller. The author has been visiting Italy, for study, for work and for pleasure, for over fifty years, and is the perfect companion for those who want to know about more than the obvious attractions. As well as comprehensively covering the finest sights in the major tourist centres of Rome, Florence, Venice and elsewhere, Russell discusses and describes the neglected, or little known, masterpieces that are still to be found the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a book that will educate and astonish the expert as surely as it will guide and inform the first-time visitor, the author chooses and explores palaces and gardens, city squares and lonely churches, frescoes and altarpieces, great museums and tiny ruins that together provide a richly textured portrait of a country where the history and patterns of civilization lie more thickly than anywhere else on earth.

Provand's Lordship and Medieval Glasgow

Provand's Lordship and Medieval Glasgow

Author: Helen Avenell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

AIA Guide to New York City

AIA Guide to New York City

Author: Norval White, Elliot Willensky, Fran Leadon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2019

Hailed as extraordinarily learned (New York Times), blithe in spirit and unerring in vision, (New York Magazine), and the definitive record of New York's architectural heritage (Municipal Art Society), Norval White and Elliot Willensky's book is an essential reference for everyone with an interest in architecture and those who simply want to know more about New York City. First published in 1968, the AIA Guide to New York City has long been the definitive guide to the city's architecture. Moving through all five boroughs, neighborhood by neighborhood, it offers the most complete overview of New York's significant places, past and present. The Fifth Edition continues to include places of historical importance-including extensive coverage of the World Trade Center site-while also taking full account of the construction boom of the past 10 years, a boom that has given rise to an unprecedented number of new buildings by such architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano. All of the buildings included in the Fourth Edition have been revisited and re-photographed and much of the commentary has been re-written, and coverage of the outer boroughs-particularly Brooklyn-has been expanded. Famed skyscrapers and historic landmarks are detailed, but so, too, are firehouses, parks, churches, parking garages, monuments, and bridges. Boasting more than 3000 new photographs, 100 enhanced maps, and thousands of short and spirited entries, the guide is arranged geographically by borough, with each borough divided into sectors and then into neighborhood. Extensive commentaries describe the character of the divisions. Knowledgeable, playful, and beautifully illustrated, here is the ultimate guided tour of New York's architectural treasures.

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide To Australia & New Zealand

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide To Australia & New Zealand

Author: Genista Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

This is an invaluable location guide for any traveller in Australia and New Zealand seeking art deco locations and for all lovers of 1920s and 30s nostalgia and all that that entails: the opulence and decadence of the legendary Jazz Age era. Whether you are visiting down under for business or pleasure or living locally and just wish to have a further insight into the art deco legacy left behind for us all to enjoy, this region-by-region guide to both countries guide highlights buildings and facades to see, local accommodation, theatres, monuments and associated places of interest. The guide has been compiled from the author's personal visits and her extensive research, resulting in a unique extravaganza of art deco words and pictures that any layman or aficionado will find a great companion to this iconic era.

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide to the USA

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide to the USA

Author: Genista Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Be transported back to the heyday of modern style when architecture, design and style were de rigueur. This is an invaluable location guide for any art deco traveller in the United States and for all lovers of 1920s and 30s nostalgia and all that that entails: the opulence and decadence of the legendary Jazz Age era. Whether you are visiting the USA for business or pleasure or just wish to have a further insight into the art deco legacy left behind for us all to enjoy, this state-by-state guide highlights buildings and facades to see, local accommodation, theatres, monuments and associated places of interest. The guide has been compiled from the author's personal visits and her extensive research, resulting in a unique extravaganza of art deco words and pictures that any layman or aficionado will find a great companion to this iconic era.

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide to Europe

Art Deco Traveller: A Guide to Europe

Author: Genista Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Be transported back to the heyday of modern style when architecture, design and style were de rigueur. This is an invaluable location guide for any art deco traveller in Europe and for all lovers of 1920s and 30s nostalgia and all that that entails: the opulence and decadence of the legendary Jazz Age era. Whether you are visiting Europe for business or pleasure or just wish to have a further insight into the art deco legacy left for us all to enjoy, this country-by-country guide highlights buildings and facades to see, local accommodation, theatres, monuments and associated places of interest. The guide has been compiled from the author's personal visits and her extensive research, resulting in a unique extravaganza of art deco words and pictures that any layman or aficionado will find a great companion to this iconic era.

The Little(r) Museums of Paris An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems

The Little(r) Museums of Paris An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems

Author: Emma Jacobs Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2019

A visit to Paris can often seen like a highlight reel -- the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower. But Paris isn't only about the big attractions; in fact, some might say it's the off-beat destinations that hold the greatest treasures. The Little(r) Museums of Paris takes a whimsical journey through these smaller destinations, from the fantastical to the bizarre, offering both a guide to the city and inspiration for armchair travelers. Rather than traveling by neighborhood, this charming guide explores the different types of institutions nestled within Paris, from time capsules like the Musee Nissim de Camondo to explorations of the world beyond the city limits, including the Institute of the Arab World. Readers will peek behind the curtains of artists' apartments and into the microscopes of collections of scientific oddities. Each entry opens up a new world of adventure, with a description of the museum's collection, as well as a short history, watercolor illustrations, and a miniature map. For residents and visitors alike, the captivating illustrations and deeply-researched yet approachable writing will encourage greater appreciation of the cultural diversity, history, and colorful characters that give Paris that je ne sai quois.

Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Author: Laura Rice Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2019

First book to highlight the collection of this newly renovated museum. The Adirondack region draws between 7 and 10 million visitors per year. Provides historical and cultural perspectives of this popular, scenic destination. The Adirondack Park in New York State offers a rare combination of breathtaking natural beauty, surprising and inspiring stories, and rich traditions of progress and preservation. Created in 1892 amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region, the park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States and draws between seven and ten million visitors yearly. Since 1957, Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) has shared stories of the people who lived, worked and played in the Adirondacks through their rich collection of objects, photographs, books, manuscripts, and historical records. This fully illustrated book shares the region's unique history, while celebrating the transformation of the Adirondacks from wilderness to mineral and lumber resource to resort community to recreation getaway.

101 Places in Italy A Private Grand Tour

101 Places in Italy A Private Grand Tour

Author: Francis Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

This personal, and wonderfully well informed, selection of the most rewarding towns, cities, villages and individual monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning traveller. The author has been visiting Italy, for study, for work and for pleasure, for over fifty years, and is the perfect companion for those who want to know about more than the obvious attractions.

Endless Caverns An Underground Journey into the Show Caves of Appalachia

Endless Caverns An Underground Journey into the Show Caves of Appalachia

Author: Douglas Reichert Powell Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2019

For generations, enterprising people in the southern Appalachians have turned the region's extensive network of caves into a strange, fascinating genre of tourist attraction. Visitors pay admission to take a tour deep underground, learning a little about history and geology while puzzling over lit-up rock formations said to resemble anything from Niagara Falls to the Capitol dome. Then off go the lights, enveloping the travelers in total darkness-until the guide flips them back on and welcomes folks back into the safety of the inevitable gift shop. Show caves, as Douglas Reichert Powell explains in Endless Caverns, are at once predictable and astonishing, ancient and modern, eerie and sentimental. Their story sparks memories of a fleeting cool moment deep underground during a hot summer vacation, capturing in microcosm the history and culture of a region where a deeply rooted sense of place collides with constant change. Reichert Powell takes readers along on his journey through the past and present of Appalachia's show caves, highlighting the characters who have owned and operated them, the ways the attractions have developed and changed over the years, and the odd intrigue that still leads people to buy their ticket and head underground. Tourist tastes may shift as interstates whisk travelers past the backroads and on to trendier destinations, but the show cave-like Appalachia itself-endures.