Information about the Museums Organisation
Foundation (Year): 1889
Museums/similar institutions: 580
Funding: Membership, advertising, events and training
Have the museums/your institution experienced budget cuts in connection with the financial crisis in the last two years?
Between 15% over 4 years for national museums and 28% over 4 years for local government
How do museums cope with the budget cuts?
Downsizing staff, cutting collection management and conservation, closing sites, reducing opening hours, sharing services with other museums, less exhibitions, and, where possible, generating more funds from commercial activities.
Number of museums in your country:
National Trust for Scotland
Ownership of Museums:
Municipalities, communities: 43%
Private (foundations, associations, etc.): 54%
Other museum organisations:
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
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National Museum legislation and structure:
There is very little legislation specifically for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, particularly as museums are run by many types of governmental and non-governmental organisations. Central government runs many of the largest museums and most local authorities run museums within their areas.
(Update 16 December 2010)