The administrative tasks necessary to operate a museum or historical site can seem daunting. From developing big picture ideas to the day-to-day operations, administration involves keeping a finger in every pot. It can be done and done well, however! Here at Sustaining Places we encourage you to start with a fully developed written plan and act from there. Breaking down administration into small, achievable goals is crucial to achieving the mission of your museum or historic site, and the website seeks to help you do just that!

Administration can be broken down into five key areas: mission statements and strategic planning, governance, development, budgets, and insurance. Each section provides a larger overview of the subject and breaks them down into smaller pieces. The links accompanying them are resources to guide your small museum or historic site through implementing its own administrative plan.

For more detailed information about administration, we suggest you begin with Museum Administration 2.0 by Hugh H. Genoways, Lynne M Ireland, revised edition by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. (Rowan & Littlefield, 2016.) We credit this book as a source for much of the information appearing in these pages.