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Fabrication and Installation

The Alliance has compiled this set of fabrication and Installation resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Standards for Museum Exhibitions and Indicators of Excellence

These set of indicators were developed by the Professional Networks Council of the American Alliance of Museums. (PDF, 5 pages)

Other Resources


Minnesota Historical Society offers a document that discusses consideration for displaying objects. The guidelines touch upon security, display cases, loans, mounts, light, air quality, and temperature and relative humidity. It also includes a basic display checklist (PDF, 18 pages).

Using Museum Collections in Exhibits

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Museum Handbook (PDF) has a chapter on using museum collections in exhibits. It includes sample wording for a design and development contract that outlines the project description, exhibit team members’ roles, the proposed workplan, budget, and schedule, and an exhibit development checklist that outlines the steps in the process. The NPS requires fabrication contractors to provide an exhibit maintenance manual that includes drawings of artifact mounts, repair and cleaning instructions for exhibit components, and warranties.

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