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Running a Museum: A Practical Handbook

The UNESCO/ICOM Practical Handbook provides an overview of all aspects of modern museum management.

Each chapter of the Handbook provides practical guidelines and entry points for discussion on various aspects of museum management, the main text being accompanied by supplementary information that includes technical data and standards, suggestions for practical exercises, and discussion topics for training and other uses.

Whether used by individuals, study groups, or in the context of larger staff training, the Handbook will prove an essential and user-friendly tool for all those concerned with the day-to-day running and management of museums.

Written by recognized experts in the field, chapters in the Handbook cover the following:


The Role of Museums and the Professional Code of Ethics

Collections Management

Inventories and Documentation

Care and Preservation of Collections

Display, Exhibits and Exhibitions

Caring for the Visitor

Museum Education

Museum Management

Managing People


Museum Security, including Disaster Preparedness

Illicit Trafficking


The UNESCO/ICOM Practical Handbook exists in downloadable English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Chinese language versions:

Running a Museum: A Practical Handbook
(EN | AR | FR | ES | RU | CH)


For more information: Nao Hayashi Denis (n.hayashi(at)unesco.org)


Links:   UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Programme

              Running a Museum: A Trainer’s Manual

              Using the UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Programme

              International Council of Museums

              UNESCO/ICCROM Partnership for Museum Collections in Developing Countries


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