Museums for All

Museums for All at Sustaining Places is an initiative to make museums more accessible for all people. These links provide resources to help museums engage their surrounding community, become more inclusive, and culturally competent in assisting new visitors during their museum experience. These pages seek to address efforts associated with improving accessibility based on ability, class, gender, race, religious, and queer identities.

We intend for these resources to be starting points for conversation on how to better integrate the diversity of your community into your museum. However, the best resource is your community. We strongly encourage community outreach and involvement to get a sense of where your patrons, donors, and visitors feel they are not being appropriately represented.

Some Basics

In 2016, Huffington Post released “9 Things Museums Can Do To Improve The Way We Experience Art” and while it is geared specifically towards art museums, there are plenty of tips that are useful for museums of all sorts, including:

  • Paying closer attention to the wording of your signs. For example, replacing outdated, potentially offensive language with more welcoming, inclusive terms.
  • Functioning as a setting for community gatherings and activities. By engaging with your community, you can help guide the conversation of inclusion and diversity (as well as building long-lasting community relationships)
  • Opening at hours to accommodate people who work during the traditional 10am-5pm museum hours.