Museum Planning Services

Museum Planning Services Include:

1. Museum Feasibility Studies or a Museum Feasibility Study – Long Term Sustainability
The Museum Feasibility Study provides a roadmap for the Board of Directors’ plans, whether for the development of a new museum or the expansion of an existing museum. The Museum Feasibility Plan will serve to estimate attendance, revenues, staffing plans and operating expenses. The plan is developed in a highly-collaborative partnership with the client, architect and design teams. It becomes a decision-making tool to “right size” the project, giving the Board of Directors confidence for long-term sustainability.

2. Museum Planning Workshops
The Museum Planning Workshop is a three-day onsite meeting to address issues such as the following:

  • The feasibility of a new museum
  • Planning for an upcoming museum exhibition
  • Developing interactive museum exhibits
  • Creating museum strategy
  • Development of a museum’s Board of Directors

Workshops are usually three (3) days at the museum site. Prior to the workshop, we will schedule a conference call to gather information about our client’s goals and agenda. Afterwards we create a report with recommendations and meeting notes.

3. Museum Customer Experience Design – Creating Museum Enthusiasts
Through an understanding of every interaction between museum and visitor – before, during and after the in-person experience – museums can create dedicated, enthusiastic museum communities. We work with the staff and Board to understand museum objectives, audiences and visitor perceptions through a process of design thinking. This creates a unified experience that reflects local community requirements.

4. Museum Master Planning – Making the visitor’s journey concrete
Master planning is a comprehensive process that guides the long-term operational, programmatic, and physical development of the museum. Museum Planning, LLC creates master plans and conducts feasibility studies for museum start-ups and expansions. In addition, we work with civic, regional, and state governments to develop multi-phase plans for cultural organizations as part of economic redevelopment strategy. Throughout any master planning process, we build consensus and engage with your community to deliver a study that outlines the specific steps associated with each recommended action.

5. Strategic Planning – Creating a plan to enact your mission
Museums strengthen and enhance their communities. The strategic planning process builds on an understanding of the advantages and challenges facing a community. The completed plan integrates internal and external perspectives to explore organizational strengths and challenges. Effort is focused on identifying the building blocks of the museum, enabling it to move forward through an expansion or long-term initiative. Our completed plans include action steps that are laid out in clear practical increments to move you from planning to action.

6. Exhibition Design and Development – An iterative visitor-centric process
Museum Exhibition Design entails the creation of documents that guide the development process for museum displays, interactive exhibits and educational programming. The process includes conceptual sketches, CAD drawings, exhibit prototyping, exhibit fabrication documents and as-built drawings for future reference.

7. Project Management and Owner’s Representation – Balancing priorities, mission, budget and schedule
Museum Project Management involves the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to move a project forward in an orderly and expeditious manner. We help you create teams to strategize, design, develop and produce museum projects (such as exhibitions, building construction, implementation of strategic plans, educational programs and capital campaigns). We always act in the best interest of the client in order to save time, money and resources, while sticking to the museum mission.

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