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Starting a Museum Resources

About three of four times a week I receive an email requesting information about starting a museum.  I have a standard email that I send people and thought I would share the starting a museum resources here on Museum Planner.

Starting a Museum Resources:

International Council of Museums ICOM – Running a Museum : A Practical Handbook

American Alliance of Museums AAM – Starting a Museum

Association of Independent Museums AIM – Museums Setting Up a New Museum

Museums Alberta – Thinking About Starting A Museum ?

Museums Galleries Scotland – New Museum Toolkit

National Park Service NPS – Museum Handbook, Part 1 Museum Collections

National Park Service NPS – Museum Handbook Part 2 Museum Records

National Park Service NPS – Museum Handbook Part 3 Museum Collections Use

Museum Fundraising

Association of Independent Museums – Successful Fundraising at Museums

Smithsonian Institution – Fundraising at Art Museums

A downloadable PDF of the above links and a copy of “Starting a Museum or How to Start a Museum in 10 Steps”:

Starting a Museum Resources PDF

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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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