This article addresses how museum professionals can mitigate uncertain and fluctuating circumstances while positioning their institutions to survive the turbulent times in the future.

Carolyn Singer explores the trends that are currently affecting museums and why they are occurring.

She concludes that the history museums field needs a systematic and system wide understanding of itself, a thorough assessment of where it is today, how the sector is changing, why those changes are taking place, what they imply for the future, and what policy issues are involved.