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Museum Planning Template

The United States National Park Service creates interpretation for 394 National Park sites including; national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lake shores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.   The total number of visitors to the National Parks in 2010 was 281,303,769 visitors.  To support the development, design and project management of the interpretation of the sites, NPS created The Harper’s Ferry Center in 1970.  Services of the Harper’s Ferry Center:

  • Historic Photos
  • National Park Service Maps
  • Publications
  • Media Development

Many of the resources are free.  My favorite resource is the Museum Exhibit Planner template.  The freely distributable template runs on Filemaker for Mac or PC and “helps exhibit teams manage content elements and keep track of project goals, quality factors, and project requirements related to content.”  Museum planning teams can use the template “as is” or users can modify the template to meet their needs.

We have been using the template for several years for our database of exhibits and find it to be a fantastic tool.  If you decide to use the Museum Exhibit Planner template please forward feedback to Harper’s Ferry Center to help with correcting errors and enhancing the usefulness.


National Park Service, Frequently Asked Questions:

Harper’s Ferry “Museum Exhibit Planner”

About the Harper’s Ferry Center:

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. Hi may I please have a copy of the “Museum Exhibit Planner template” for FileMaker Pro?

    Thanks so much,

  2. The links are not active. Could you please forward?
    I got all excited!

  3. Wondering if the link to download the template is still available ? Thanks!

  4. Hi All,
    I am sorry to say that NPS is no longer distributing the Museum Exhibit Planner template.

    But, you can still get the three-part National Park Service Museum Handbooks

    – Mark

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