Making a sustainable institution requires audience engagement and effective marketing. This leaflet outlines 11 key components for creating a sustainable house museum and making it a valued organization within the community. Topics range from partnerships with leaders in the community to innovative programs and interpretation. Each point includes an example of a historic house museum implementing a sustainable practice.

A checklist of “Characteristics of Historic House Museums in Peril” is also included for house museums to use to assess their sustainability and current practices.

Technical Leaflet #244 (2008)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 24, Twenty-First Century Top Five, and Technical Leaflet Bundle 26, Special Help for Small Museums.

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