The Economic Contribution of Museums in Minnesota is a study commissioned by the Minnesota Association of Museums with funding from  the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center Carlson Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Chair.

The study provides insight into one state’s vibrant museum community as well as ways others might measure and/or benchmark their own state’s (or region’s) economic impact.

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From the report:

Museums are an integral part of the fabric of Minnesota. From the founding of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1849 to 2012, museums have preserved Minnesota’s cultural and ethnic heritage, inspired creative artists, entertained children, conserved the natural world, captured scientific advancements, and archived valuable historical documents.

Given the diverse nature, the sheer number of, and changes in, museums in Minnesota, an accurate count and list of museums in Minnesota has been difficult to construct and maintain. Subsequently, this has made analyzing the contribution of the state’s museums a challenge.

The Minnesota Association of Museums applied for and received funding from the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center Carlson Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Chair grant to conduct a survey of Minnesota’s museums. With funding from this grant, MAM undertook an extensive process to identify and document museums in Minnesota. MAM then engaged University of Minnesota Extension’s Economic Impact Analysis program to measure the economic impact of museums in Minnesota. The program has two deliverables, a written report and a presentation with facilitated discussion of the results. This report is the first deliverable of the program.