Establishing and Developing a new Museum

The Great Court of the British Museum in London.
Image by David Iliff (CC BY-SA 3.0)

There are several questions to ask when considering setting up a new museum:

  • Why is a museum like this needed?
  • Who would visit the museum?
  • What would be the museum’s aims and objectives? Are these unique or has someone done this before?
  • Would the collections be better placed housed and displayed within an existing museum?
  • Where will the collections be drawn from and how will they be managed?
  • How will the museum be managed – via a trust for example?
  • And vitally, who will fund it?

The Associations of Independent Museums, AIM, has an extremely useful guide which asks these questions and more, and guides potential new museum developers through the key questions

AIM Guidelines


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