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Museums 101


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Acknowledgments Preface Foreword PART I: ESSENTIAL MUSEUM BACKGROUND Chapter 1: Defining a Museum Chapter 2: A Quick History of Museums PART II: CREATING AN INTEGRATED MUSEUM Chapter 3: The Integrated Museum Chapter 4: Starting a Museum Chapter 5: Museum Governance Chapter 6: Museum Feasibility Studies Chapter 7: Museum Planning Strategies PART III: EXHIBITIONS Chapter 8: Collections Chapter 9: The Museum Building Chapter 10: Museum Exhibition Development/Curation Chapter 11: Exhibition Design and Fabrication Chapter 12: Museum Programming: Education PART IV: BEHIND THE SCENES Chapter 13: Museum Finances Chapter 14: Museum Fundraising Chapter 15: Museum Marketing Chapter 16: Museum Project Management Chapter 17: Museum Evaluation Chapter 18: Museum Operations Chapter 19: Museum Accessibility Chapter 20: Museum Research Chapter 21: Collections Care Chapter 22: The Museum of the Future Chapter 23: Putting Your Museum Online Chapter 24: Working in Museums PART V: THE MUSEUM TOOLBOX American Alliance of Museums: Code of Ethics for Museums Sample Bylaws American Alliance of Museums: Developing a Mission Statement Sample Museum Constitution Sample Museum Feasibility Template Sample Board Member Responsibilities Sample Policy for Donations of Objects Sample Donor Questionnaire Sample Museum Exhibit Sponsorship Agreement Timing and Tracking Study Visitor Exit Interview Museum Job Descriptions Sample Museum Director Job Description Object Cataloging Record Museum Exhibition Design Process Resources Bibliography Index

About the Author

Mark Walhimer's company, Museum Planning, LLC, specializes in the planning, design, and management of interactive educational experiences. Walhimer started his firm in 1999 to assist startup and expanding museums with exhibition design, art handling, project management, fabrication, and installation. He has completed more than 40 projects worldwide for an international clientele that includes science centers, art museums, history museums, libraries, and corporations. Projects include "Alcatraz: Life on the Rock," a traveling exhibition that opened on Ellis Island in October 2011 and the Trans Studio Science Center opened summer 2012 in Bandung, Indonesia. Prior to starting his company, Walhimer held positions at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California; the Children's Museum ofIndianapolis; and Liberty Science Center. Walhimer has a bachelor's degree in studio art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a master's degree in industrial design and exhibition design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.


Walhimer, founder of Museum Planning LLC and host of the blog Museum Planner, has assembled a fine how-to guide for creating and organizing all varieties of museums. The author guides readers through the process, covering the initial vision, formation of a board of directors, the museum feasibility study, the building's design and layout, and successful exhibition planning. The work includes sections on fundraising, marketing, and programming but keeps its focus on the essentials: the museum's mission, its responsibility to visitors, and the ethics of proper stewardship of collections. Walhimer frequently illustrates the point he is making with one or two tangible examples of successfully applied techniques, as well as offering cautionary tales. The book's five sections are particularly logical and well organized. The `Museum Toolbox' section provides a comprehensive collection of seminal resources, sample documents, and useful templates. Each chapter includes a list of references, mostly of resources available online. An accompanying website with updated information and a blog is also available to readers wanting more. Rather than a reference work per se, this book is more suitable for circulating collections, and it will appeal for museum-studies students and anyone considering a career in the field. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates; general readers; professionals/practitioners. * CHOICE *
The great value of Museums 101 is that it outlines the basics of exhibition development, collections care, evaluation, and more, in a way that acknowledges that museum work requires specialized expertise. Don't try to re-invent the museum, it tells the collector deciding to build a museum from scratch, or the businessman suddenly appointed to the board. There are things you need to know. Museums have figured out a lot. Read this book to get up to speed. * Curator: The Museum Journal *
As its title implies, this is an introduction to the world of museums, with 24 chapters divided into four sections: Museum Background, Creating an Integrated Museum, Exhibitions, and Behind the Scenes. Also included is a `Museum Toolkit' which provides sample documents of use to museum personnel. The author outlines his hoped-for readership: `museum founders, new museum staff and volunteers, those wishing to work in museums, new board members, students, and those wishing to contract services with a museum.' From finances and marketing, to creating an online presence and project management, this volume presents the key elements of museum operation. An additional feature of this volume is access to a companion website with additional resources on the subject. Libraries serving any of the readers listed by the author, or readers simply interested in how museums `work,' will want to have this volume. Its clear language and excellent organization will make it accessible to all levels of their patrons. * American Reference Books Annual *
Museums 101 is a straight forward `how-to' book for people new to the field of museums and for those interested in entering professions in the museum field. A perfect book to hand to a new volunteer, new staff or board member and say `here are the basics. -- Van A. Romans, president, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and member of the Board of Trustees, American Alliance of Museums
Museums 101 is very interesting and useful for those managing museums or interested in organizing one. -- Sergey Solovyev, Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, The State Hermitage Museum, Russia
Museums 101 is an amazing and comprehensive resource, full of great insights of how museums work. -- Alison Spence, Exhibitions and Loans Registrar, National Museum of Australia

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