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A Tibetan Collection Fights a Battle That Small Museums Often Face

Limited staff, tight budgets and age have taken a toll on Staten Island's Jacques Marchais Museum, but a major renovation is now being planned. Jacques Marchais, an art dealer and …

How One Small Museum Approached Accreditation

Accreditation helps museums focus their purpose, refine their practices, and build their futures. But some museums, particularly those with small staffs and budgets, might consider it …

Thinking about the Unthinkable: Disaster preparedness and emergency response plans for small museums

Since 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has been assisting small and mid-sized museums in their quest to achieve best practices and national standards. The process begins with an …

Making Professional Development Work for Small Museums

“We had been talking about going to different conferences for years, usually in a joking, musing way, so it is awesome to be able to do it.” When I asked my colleague Mark Riccetti, our …

Reflections on the Historic House Summit from Scholarship Attendee Abigail Winslow

On February 3-5, 2019, AAM’s Historic Houses and Sites and Environment and Climate networks hosted a rare convening of experts at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, for …

Collecting Girlhood: Why the new activist museum is virtual

The assumption that museums must be permanent buildings with physical collections is no longer sustainable. With decreased funding, increased competition, and the burden of care, museums …

Creating Engaging Virtual Reality Experiences for Your Museum Collection Might Be Easier Than You Think

May Massee is a literary legend. She was a key player in the development of children’s literature in the United States, establishing the “junior books” division of Doubleday, Page, Inc. in …

Handy Hobbies: Why diverse skillsets are an advantage to every institution

Diversity is a popular buzzword right now: diversity in staff, in teaching methods, and ideas. However, one aspect of diversity I have never heard mentioned is diversity in skillsets. It’s …

Set Your Superpower Free! 10 tips to help small museum professionals tap into their creativity.

This article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of membership with the Alliance. You’ve probably heard some variation of the following: making …

Time to Partner Up

When you build relationships with other community groups, your small museum can reach its full potential. My tenure at The Lewes Historical Society began what seems like a lifetime ago: on …

If You Build It: Fundraising success will come to small museums that implement a set of best practices.

If I had a dollar for every time a well-intentioned board member, volunteer, or staff member suggested one of the above fundraising tips, my organization would have a Harvard-like endowment …

The Quest for Excellence

This article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of membership with the Alliance. Small museums might not think they have the resources to …
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