Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security

Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security
Source: The Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International and The American Alliance of Museums (2013)

The Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International has adopted Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security, as described in this document. “Suggested practices” are not best practices, and this document does not attempt to establish best practices. Not all aspects of all recommendations will apply to all museums. But most will apply or can be closely adapted by any museum institution calling itself a museum or gallery. Smaller museums in particular may find it difficult to comply with the recommendations herein. The Council recognizes that museums are so diverse in nature that there will be those for which these Suggested Practices do not apply. While the recommendations as adopted are voluntary, they represent the composite opinion of the leading experts in the field of museum security as being appropriate for most, it not all, institutions. In fact, there will be few exceptions. While they may apply to historic houses or sites, libraries, and other cultural properties, they were not specifically developed for these applications unless they function as “museums.” We are hopeful that these Suggested Practices could be developed for these specific applications in the future. It is also our hope that, in time, the suggested practices will be used by accreditation personnel as guidelines for evaluating the security of an institution.

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