From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Starting a Museum

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Why and how to use this toolkit

People wish to start museums for many different reasons, such as the desire to share their passion with others, to preserve treasured objects for future generations, or to influence public opinion or behavior. Starting a museum is a tremendous amount of work, and this toolkit provides a comprehensive guide to the basics of creating, launching, and operating a sustainable museum.

With this toolkit, you will:

  • Learn about the key characteristics of museums
  • Decide whether or not you want to start a museum
  • Learn about becoming a nonprofit
  • Use the tools provided to start your museum

What is included

Quizzes, worksheets, and resources

  • A ‘starting a museum’ quiz to help you analyze whether a museum is the best option for your needs
  • A starting a museum worksheet keep track of your research and thoughts
  • Recommended readings and resources

Sample Documents and Templates

  • Museum budget template
  • Bylaws outline
  • Sample bylaws
  • Sample code of ethics
  • Sample collections management policy
  • Sample mission and vision statement
  • Purpose statement template
  • Sample strategic plans

Take a peek at the full table of contents.

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