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Free Museum Collection Software

I am aware of (4) four free museum collection software products:

Collective Access


Adlib Museum Lite

Collection Space

Would like to hear from people, do you know of other free museum collection software products ? Are you using one of the above and love it ? hate it ?


About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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  1. Did you go an assessment? Which is the most appropriate for a small historical society in southwestern Ontario with a big collection?

  2. Hello Mark, I am Anne Cleave, chairman of Mull Historical & Archaeological Society. I have a collection of papers relating to the activities of the Society over the last 60 years and would like to archive them in some fairly formal way. We are a subscription based, membership organisation and all the officers, including me, are volunteers. We do not have the financial resources to buy dedicated archiving software however, I would like to make the material available to our members via our website. I have tried Museum Lite but didn’t find it very intuitive, especially as I have only minimal formal archive training. I think I would like to try out these other free software packages so thank you for including the links. I think I’ll have another look at Museum Lite in case it has changed since my last use.

  3. Richard LaRiviere

    Thank you for this page info. We are opening a new museum in Florida this October and need software. All the systems we have found cost many thousands per year and we are troubled with free software having little support. we are now surveying all four on your list above.

    Are there any affordable and supported systems for archiving and operating small museums?

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