How to Start Your Own Museum Business

Having a museum business is not usual to a businessman but if you have the talent and passion then you will surely become known in your community.

Museums are educational and this is truly a very good venture to take.

Your passion in archeology or your experience after visiting a museum might give you an idea in putting up a great and self-satisfying business. Museums are where people go to see things in the past and learn from them. It can give anyone the glimpse of history and it was like traveling back in time. Students can learn so many things in a museum especially in history or in science. Depending on what the museum showcases, still many people will become interested especially schools that conduct educational trips. So if you are a museum enthusiast and you want to show your passion through earning big in this business then this is the right business for you. Possessing your own artifacts to show the public can be very helpful in your start. All you have to do is to know the steps on how to start your own museum business.

The first thing prepare is the business plan for your museum. You may start picturing in your mind or in a draft on how your museum will look. Plan on what they people will see and where you plan to put the artifacts that you have. You may talk to other experts in this area such as archeologists or museum owners themselves. You can brainstorm with them and get some advices on where you should place your exhibits. In your area, you can even research through surveys on what people want to see and what schools usually want to learn in museum in their yearly educational trips. These sets of information can also help you define what type of museum you will put up.

A perfect location is the next thing to consider. The larger the museum, the better it will become because people want to navigate through it. They don’t only learn but they want to travel through time. With this, you can look for a large land area or if have a smaller one, you can build an underground floor and upper floors. A good building design must also be considered. If you want to have a museum, make sure that it can look exciting but sophisticated inside-out. You can research on some designs but do not copy them. You can just get an idea and then put your own touch. Make sure that you give ample space for information area, reception, toilets, and so on.

For your starting exhibits, you can place them strategically. Exhibits that do not require changing or moving for a long time must be placed in another area and the exhibits that will be changed or moved in another place. Make sure that there is enough space for more exhibits to come. It is advisable that you install the permanent exhibits first before the changeable ones. Decorations and presentation must also be given emphasis especially some documentations and captions that will give them information about the artifact.

Pricing tickets must be not too expensive and not too affordable. You can even give some best deals with big tours especially to large groups of students.


  • jane Banura said on January 7, 2013
    My business location is in Tanzania, in Mwanza City.. I am interested to my own museum business.
  • Diana said on January 10, 2013
    I am written you to find out how to start my own museum business in the Washington, D.C area?
  • Ronald Robert said on February 13, 2013
    Would like to start a museum of history of East African History. 1900 -2000. Location is Jinja Uganda. Please advise
  • Sinovuyo said on March 22, 2014
    I'm doing an internship at museum and now I would love to own my own museum when I'm done with my studies, I'm studding tourism... But the problem is I'm only 20 years old and I don't have money to start my own museum, where can I go to to find help, even investors are alright.
  • nancy schlarbaum said on January 24, 2015
    My father fixes clocks, radios, and old time pieces and i would like to honor is hard work hehas done to fix the clock works. so i thought i would show them off in a museum.
  • RUKUNDO GUSTAVE said on February 19, 2018


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