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Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations

Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations [Kindle Edition]

Robert Herskovitz , Timothy Glines , David Grabitske

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Perhaps your museum’s archives have run out of space, or its public programs have outgrown their facility. Perhaps a generous donor or an energetic campaign has provided the funding for a renovation, a new wing, or a new building. Whatever the circumstances, small and midsized museums can find themselves taking on a construction project. But those responsible for seeing that it’s done right—board members, museum professionals, and skilled museum volunteers—are seldom experienced in the high-stakes world of construction management.

This handbook outlines the processes and explains the complexities of renovating and building facilities. It highlights what issues to consider and what questions to ask; it outlines steps from needs assessment and project planning to design development, budgeting, construction, and, finally, settling into the new space; it provides the vocabulary and framework for the specific challenges of museum construction.

Written by staff members at the Minnesota Historical Society who have consulted on scores of building projects, this volume helps museum professionals and volunteers understand the construction process to achieve their goals in a time of tight budgets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9349 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; 1 edition (7 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081GDQ7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building Museums 6 April 2012
By Patricia L. Miller, Illinois Heritage Association - Published on
The Illinois Heritage Association circulating library contains a new book that offers practical guidance for museum staff and volunteers involved in museum construction or renovation. Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations, by Robert Herskovitz, Timothy Glines, and David Grabitske (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012), is an invaluable resource. Like a true guidebook, the 8 ½" x 11" paperback volume takes you step-by-step through the journey, from imagining your project to moving in to the new structure and adjusting to new surroundings. Every aspect of the process is covered in 179 pages, including assembling a building committee; listing spatial requirements; paying for the project; developing the design and addressing regulatory codes; gathering construction documents and going through the bid process; and constructing, evaluating, and documenting the building. The finished structure is not the end of the line, however; the book details how to orchestrate the move into the new or newly renovated museum and how to celebrate with a grand opening.

Two appendixes follow the eight chapters in the book. One appendix outlines museum spaces organized by function. The other tells how to read blueprints and how to understand specifications and schedules; it includes examples of plans, section drawings, architectural and electrical symbols, and symbols for piping and piping fittings, valves, and electrical systems. Toward the end of the volume there are lists of abbreviations used in mechanical and electrical drawings. Building Museums concludes with a glossary of terms one might encounter as the building or renovation project progresses, along with suggestions for further reading. The volume is indexed and generously illustrated.

People who are neither architects nor involved in the building trades may find the prospect of serving on a building committee to be a daunting task. Building Museums might have been titled Building Confidence, because this is exactly what the book accomplishes. It provides a solid foundation on which to build--literally.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference 13 April 2012
By wmn612 - Published on
Given the authors' experience and knowledge, I was concerned the book would be written in a highly technical format, that only an engineer would understand. I was way off base. This is an excellent book for those looking to expand or simply want to know more about how to operate, build or expand current museum capacities. If you are looking for a good handbook in and understandable format, this is it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text for small museums! 29 Mar 2012
By Scott A. Carrlee - Published on
This is a great text for small museums. Simple, clear text written for the museum worker not the builder! It goes through the basics and really helps with the vocabulary and the events that will take place during a building or renovation project. I really liked Appendix 2 on reading blueprints. The charts that explain the symbols used on blueprints are worth the price of the book alone and will be particularly helpful to demystify blueprints for anyone who is not used to reading them. It thoroughly covers all the basics and it particularly strong on the museum conservation side of things. I highly recommend this book for any museum or collecting institution that is going through a building project.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations 14 Mar 2012
By Jill - Published on
Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations

Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations is a great resource for museums to read before starting a construction project. While specifically tailored to historical organizations, the book could be very useful for all types of museum buildings. It is an easy to read book with clear sections that include questions to consider, pitfalls to avoid and useful tips. It helps demystify the process and educate museum professionals and volunteers about museum construction, renovation or expansion. It is also a good reference guide for architectural and construction firms.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations 25 Feb 2012
By Cyndi Sweet - Published on
The authors provide basic and necessary information for those building or renovating museum spaces. The handbook provides step by step advice from conceptualization through completion of space including thought provoking questions to ask throughout the planning process, ensuring that nothing will be overlooked. The handbook is in an easy to read format with graphic illustrations, callouts, and glossary. A "further reading" list provides direction to more in-depth information and topics not covered in the text. A great resource for the museum community.
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