Museum standards are an essential reference for museums of all kinds.

They guide good practice in:

  • Effective management.
  • Appropriate care of collections.
  • Connecting people with collections and cultural heritage.

Museum standards can be used as a basis for:

  • Accreditation.
  • Training.
  • Guiding new initiatives in museums.
  • Guiding the review of any area of museum operations.
  • Demonstrating the quality or value of particular activities or projects to funding bodies and other supporters.

MAP Standards

The Victorian museum sector developed the MAP standards in 1991. For more information, see MAP Requirements.

National Australian Standards

The MAP Managers are members of the National Standards Taskforce responsible for developing the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.

The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (version 1.5) have been developed by the Taskforce in consultation with the museum sector and were updated in September 2016. They include:

  • Guiding principles.
  • Standards.
  • Benchmarks.
  • Tips.
  • Resources.

You can also download the National Standards 1.5 summary.