The Museum Accreditation Program (MAP) is a peer review program which uses the National Standards for Museums and Galleries to provide a framework for museums, galleries, historical societies, heritage sites, and archives to achieve best practice across all aspects of operation and increase organisation profile.
There are two streams for MAP, one for organisations with paid staff and another for organisations that are run by volunteers or that have up to 1 EFT paid staff.
MAP has been managed by AMaGA Victoria (formerly Museums Australia (Victoria)) since 1993. The program is supported by a large number of Victorian museums and galleries, industry professionals, and volunteers.
The Accreditation Process
To become Accredited, organisations spend up to 3 years developing procedures, policies, and practice to meet recognised industry standards. Advice, information, and support is available to assist organisations in meeting these standards.
The program prioritises three areas of museum practice: museum management, collection care, and community engagement and once the desktop submission is completed a site visit by a panel of museum and gallery specialists is undertaken to view and talk about the museum in more detail.
Once Accredited, organisations commit to continuing improvement and undergo a Reaccreditation assessment every 5 years.
Getting started with MAP
Acceptance into the Museum Accreditation Program is made on a case-by-case basis. At present, MAP is working to restructure the expression of interest and submission process. While we undertake these changes, we are not currently taking any new enrolments. During this time, you are welcome to contact the MAP Managers to discuss your interest in the program, and priority areas to ensure that your organisation is best placed to undertake the program once we re-open enrolments.
What costs are associated with MAP?
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Benefits of Accreditation
- Your organisation will meet the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.
- A framework to promote your organisation’s achievements to funding bodies, government and other supporters.
- Access to templates, model documents, information, and support to help meet standards.
- Constructive and positive feedback from industry peers through a written Accreditation report.
- Participation in the network of museums and galleries associated with MAP.
- Certificate of Accreditation signed by and received from the Minister for Creative Industries at the Victorian Museum Awards.
- Promotional material including a media release, signage, and marketing collateral to highlight Accreditation status.
- Inclusion onto the online geolocation-enabled map of Victoria’s Accredited Museums.
- Sector recognition as an organisation working towards and achieving best practice in museum governance, policy development, legal requirements, collection management, and community engagement.
- A quarterly e-newsletter with tips, sector news, notifications of policy changes and legal requirements.
MAP is funded by Creative Victoria with additional project funding from the RE Ross Trust.