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data file iconMuseum Universe Data File


Purpose: The purpose of the Museum Universe Data File is to provide a list of known museums in the United States.

Coverage: The Museum Universe Data File (MUDF) contains information about over 35,000 museums in the United States including aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks.

Content: The Museum Universe Data File (MUDF) contains name and address of known museums in the United States.

Frequency: Data was collected one time in preparation of Museums Count survey.

Methods: The data is this file are collected and aggregated from a variety of sources including IMLS administrative data and records, IRS 990 data, Dun & Bradstreet data, and from other Internet listings of museums.

Use: This should not be used for statistical purposes. See Museums Count

Data File - May 13, 2013 (ZIP (CSV); 1.9MB)
Documentation (PDF; 17KB)

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