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Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

February 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The 2019 MAP deadline is TBD. Please visit Museum Assessment Program for further information.

Program Overview:
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.

A MAP assessment requires members of the museum staff and governing authority to complete a self-study. After completion of the self-study, a site visit is conducted by one or more museum professionals, who tour the museum and meet with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The reviewers work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources.

There are three types of MAP assessments:

  • Organizational Assessment: Reviews all areas of operations.
  • Collections Stewardship Assessment: Focuses on collections policies, planning access, documentation, and collections care within the context of the museum's total operations.
  • Community Engagement Assessment: Assesses the museum's understanding of and relationship with its communities as well as its communities' perceptions of and experiences with the museum.


Eligible organizations should select one of the assessment types and prepare an application. Application materials and additional information are located at Museum Assessment Program.