Step 1: Learn About Museums
Before starting a new museum, take time to learn about museums and the museum community. As the national organization representing museums of all kinds, the Alliance shares data about museums, as well as ethical guidelines, standards and best practices that help museums operate.
Museums serve their communities in a variety of ways. Learn about the value of museums.
Code of Ethics for Museums
This code provides a framework for ethical museum practices and reflects current, generally-understood museum standards.
Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums
These are the core standards that all museums should strive for and can achieve.
National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums
This book is an essential reference work for every museum. A free PDF copy is available to all Alliance museum members.