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A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing. — International Council of Museums (ICOM)


The Brain Scoop (Emily Graslie, YouTube Channel)
The Brain Scoop (Emily Graslie, Facebook)


museum : an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value; also : a place where objects are exhibited — Merriam-Webster   See also OneLook


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance and some public museums make them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smaller cities, towns and even the countryside. Museums have varying aims, ranging from serving researchers and specialists to serving the general public. The goal of serving researchers is increasingly shifting to serving the general public. — Wikipedia

Museum (Encyclopædia Britannica)


Museums (Wolfram Alpha)



Talks about Museums (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)
Articles about Museums (Big Think)




History of Museums (Geoffrey D. Lewis, Encyclopædia Britannica)

A History Of Museums, Memory Of Mankind (Bob Mondello, All Things Considered, NPR)

Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums (Edward P. Alexander, Mary Alexander and Juilee Decker)


Museum of Museums (Official Website)
Museum of Museums (Wikipedia)


DDC: 069 Museums (Library Thing)
Subject: Museums (Library Thing)

Subject: Museums (Open Library)

LCC: AM Museums (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Museums (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: AM Museums (Library of Congress)
Subject: Museums (Library of Congress)

Subject: Museums (WorldCat)




MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources


Conservation Topics (COOL: Conservation Online)

Preservation and Conservation (Canadian Conservation Institute)
Care of Objects and Collections (Canadian Conservation Institute)

Conserve-O-Grams (Museum Management Program, National Park Service)


CareerOneStop, YouTube Channel (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)
CareerOneStop, Official Website (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)

Museum Technicians and Conservators (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers (Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


International Council of Museums (ICOM)
International Centre for Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC)


Museum International (ICOM)
Museum Magazine (AAM)
Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS)
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC, AIC)

Museum Resources (JSTOR)
Museum Studies Book and Journals (JSTOR)

Museums (NPR Archives)


Museum (ISBNdb)


Smithsonian Museums, Galleries, and Zoo (Smithsonian)
Smithsonian Institution (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Smithsonian Institution (Wikipedia)


Museum (




Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Preservation Stewardship
History Collection (Classification)
Museum Objects (CCO)
Archive Records (EAD)
Library Resources (DDC, LCC)



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