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Small Museum Resources

Below, we have gathered a list of programs, services, and other resources that are specifically attuned to the needs of small museums. Please contact our webmaster if you have other helpful resources you would like to share with your colleagues (


Conservation Assessment Program (IMLS Grant) 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Foundation Center 
Fundsnet Online 
Maryland Museums Association (MMA) Grants
Museum Assessment Program (IMLS Grant), American Association of Museums

National Endowment for the Humanities
Non-Profit Gateway 

Training Opportunities:

AAM's Professional Development
Connecting to Collections' Online Community and Webinars
Conservation Assessment Program (IMLS Grant), Heritage Preservation
Museum Assessment Program (IMLS Grant), American Association of Museums
Small Museum Pro! Certification
Smithsonian's List of Museum Training Opportunities
StEPS, American Association for State and Local History
Sustaining Places

MuseumDev offers 4-week courses for museum professionals taught by subject experts with specialized skills and practical experience. Asynchronous courses allow you to finish readings, participate in discussion forums, and complete class assignments on your own schedule. SMA members 10% off the course price of $199 using the code "SMA10".


Small Museum Toolkit, AltaMira

AAM Articles - Publicly available resources include:
Museum Ethics 

Disaster Planning:

IRS Articles:
Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits 

Cultural Property:
A Line in the Sand 

US Copyright Office, the Library of Congress forms 

From Our Members: 
THE CROWNING CRIME: The International Slave Trade 
by Glenn Williams, Curator, U.S.S. Constellation

Many members of the Small Museum Association have volunteered to help with your questions on professional dilemmas and problems.  Take a few minutes to go through the list and see if there is someone with the expertise you are looking for to answer your toughest questions! 

20th Century Military History:

Automobile Museums

Architecture: Board and/or Staff Development: Cemeteries: Civil War: Collections Management: Colonial History: Conservation: Cooperative Collection Models: Disaster Planning: Editing, Writing, and Proofreading: Exhibit Design and Fabrication: Fire: Heritage Tourism: Historic Houses: Land Preservation: Law Enforcement: Maryland State Genealogy: Milling: Museums and Computing:
  • Marla Misunas, Collections Information Manager: We have a Small Museums group within Museum Computer Network, and I think we have a lot to offer in terms of expertise. Our listserv is free and does not require membership to join, if you're interested in checking us out. 
Museums and Culture Consulting: Museum Management: Museum Shop/Sales: Naval History: Preservation: Restoration: Revolutionary War: Strategic Planning: Victoriana: VA Area History: VAM Council : Volunteerism: War of 1812: Web Sites:   
Resource Links 

American Association of Museums 

American Association for State and Local History

ALHFAM The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums 

Art Museum Network The official website of the world's leading art museums 

Aviation Museums of the World 

Greater Baltimore Historical Alliance 

Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies & Museums: a regional service organization formed to advance and advocate the preservation and interpretation of the area's historical, ethnic and cultural heritages. 

Maryland Association of History Museums 

Musee An interactive directory to museums' collections including art, science, history, zoos, archaeology and aquariums, etc. providing links to their educational, entertainment, archive and shopping features. 

The Museums of Greater Dover 10 nationally recognized recognized Museums in Dover Delaware! 

The Museum Network Explore 33,000 museums worldwide 

The Smithsonian Institution 
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