Museum Assessment Program


Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped over 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards.

Through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review, your museum emerges with:

  • a greater alignment of activities, mission, and resources
  • an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities
  • a prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards
  • its practices benchmarked to standards
  • enhanced credibility with potential funders and donors
  • improved communications between staff, board and other constituents
  • expert advice, recommendations, and resources
  • increased capacity for strategic planning

Learn more about the impact MAP can have on your museum 

MAP offers three different assessments to choose from

  • Organizational
  • Collections Stewardship
  • Community Engagement

Find out which one is right for your museum. 

Find out when the next Application deadlines are.

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums.