Museum Planning, LLC Services

Museum Planning LLC Process Diagram
1. Museum Planning Workshops

The Museum Planning Workshop is a one, or two 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 in total 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.

2. 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.

3. Museum Interpretive Planning (Museum Visitor Experience Planning) – 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 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.

5. Museum Business Planning – The resources for long term stability

The museum business planning process will help your team form a comprehensive understanding of the financial implications of your future growth and sustainability. Museum Planning, LLC will provide you with recommendations for realistic revenue and operating expenses based on the size and location of your facility, the needs of your programs, and profiles of comparable organizations.

Since staff accounts for approximately 50% of the costs in of a typical museum, it is important to accurately plan for the number and type of staff required for your operation.

6. 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.

7. Museum Marketing Plans, Museum Social Media Plans and Museum Website Design – Creating Your digital presence

An effective museum web presence is about a visitor centered approach. We create plans for the visitor digital engagement while having institutional objectives in mind. We employ the best marketing principles to build online museum brands that are engaging, informational and educational.

Our websites include Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to easily keep your website up to date. Our developers create interactive web experiences using the latest technologies, ensuring they display on mobile, desktop and tablets.

8. Museum Interactive Exhibition Design – 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.  Also includes serving as an interactive history museum design company.

9. Museum Audience Research – Is it visitor centered ?

Understanding museum audiences and evaluating the impact and value of digital and in-person initiatives central to creating visitor centered experiences. Our museum audience research is centered on three questions; why are people visiting online or in-person museum experiences ? Which activities do people use ? What feedback do audiences have for future improvements ?

Our museum audience research results in written reports that include recommendations, with examples of audience feedback.

10. Museum Exhibition Evaluation – “What is the visitor gaining from an exhibition ?

Museum Exhibition evaluation is a process of measuring the effect and performance of an exhibition. “Have achieved your educational objectives?”, evaluation, when done well, can also be about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ worked and what didn’t. In this way it can help the institution understand need to continue to do, modify or completely overhaul in future exhibitions.

11. 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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