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Starting A Museum

Starting a museum or “How to start a museum in 10 steps”.   Since 1992, I have been part of opening and expanding more than thirty-five museums.   Most of my work has been with science centers, children’s museums and natural history museums.  This category of posts includes information about starting a museum, posts include 10 Steps to Starting a Museum and Starting a Museum , How to Start a Science Center or 10 Steps to Starting a Science Center

Starting a Museum

  1. Create a One Page Description
  2. Meet with you local community
  3. Visit 20 Museums of the type of museum you are interested in starting
  4. Real Estate Developers are your friends
  5. Do the numbers
  6. Own the words
  7. Non-Profit Status
  8. Pre-View Facility
  9. Raise the Money
  10. Share the Vision

UPDATE: I wrote this post in 2011 and it is all still true and helpful today. However, if you are wanting a more in-depth treatment of how to start a museum, I just released a new book, Museums 101, which I designed to be an A-to-Z resource for those looking to start a museum. If you are truly looking to start a museum, my book was written for you. You can buy it on

Hub Museum

There are approximately 17,000 museums in the United States. That number includes Science Centers, Natural History Museums, Art Museums, Local History and Children’s Museums. In March 2010 I returned from a year in Asia. As with any good trip, I had lots of time for reflection and the advantage of perspective; being on the other side of the world does that. While sitting in my hotel in Bangkok, I started thinking of all of the museums all over the world and the current economy. My first thought was, “How can they all survive?”. The easy answer is “they won’t survive”.

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Children’s museum plans under way

By SARA KINCAID Bismarck Tribune | Posted: Friday, December 4, 2009 2:00 am “Planning continues on the idea of a children’s museum in Mandan. The founding board for the North Dakota Children’s Museum met Thursday evening in Mandan. It was the board’s second meeting. A children’s museum has interactive exhibits …

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VA Aquarium’s $25M renovation to open soon

From the Daily Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. The renovation is scheduled to open Saturday after several delays prevented it from opening as expected on Memorial Day weekend. The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that a coastal Sahara desert habitat will be one of the new things to see. Scorpions, cobras and hedgehogs …

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