Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards.
Through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities, and consultative peer review with a site visit and recommendations, your museum emerges with:
- Greater alignment of activities, mission, and resources
- Analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities
- Prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards
- Practices benchmarked to standards
- Enhanced credibility with potential funders and donors
- Improved communications between staff, board, and other constituents
- Expert advice, recommendations, and resources
- Increased capacity for strategic planning
- Preparation for core document verification, accreditation or reaccreditation
MAP offers five different assessments to choose from:
- Collections Stewardship
- Education & Interpretation
- Community & Audience Engagement
- Board Leadership
This year’s MAP application period for the year-long assessment closed on February 1, 2021. The next application deadline will likely be February 1, 2022. Want to be notified when the next application instructions and deadlines become available? Contact MAP staff at email@example.com to be added to our notification list.
MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums.