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Purpose: The Museum Count survey provides comprehensive, reliable information about the size, distribution, and scope of the museum sector in the United States.

Coverage: The data are collected from a subset of over 35,000 known museums 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 parksin the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories.

Content: The data includes information about the name, location, type and governance of museums as well as information about collections, programs, services, visitations, and financial information of museums.

Frequency: Collection is scheduled to begin in 2014.

Methods: The data are collected over the Internet via a Web based reporting system.
Use: These data collected are useful to the museum sector, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, the American Alliance of Museums and its members or customers, museum and public policy researchers, the public, journalists, and others.

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