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ACM Trends Reports

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ACM has partnered with New Knowledge Organization Ltd. to create a series of 12 trends reports about the children's museum field. Drawing on a decade of ACM membership data (2004-2012), the reports highlight emerging trends and opportunities for advancement on subjexts from measuring museum size to reaching nontraditional families.

The series will help museum professionals use data to become more accountable to their mission and fiscal responsibilities. Concise and easily understood, the reports can be shared in internal communications with your organzation's stakeholders, including staff, Board members, and funders, or for use in marketing materials and presentations.

ACM Trends Reports Subscription: Includes 12 reports
Members: $100 Summer Discount: $50
Nonmembers: $150

ACM Trends Reports Single Report
Members: $10 Summer Discount $5
Nonmembers: $15



ASTC-ACM 2016 Workforce SurveyWorkforce Survey Cover 2016

This report provides up-to-date numbers on a range of workforce metrics in the children’s museum and science center fields, including compensation, educational requirements, and benefits. The report contains a project overview; a compensation overview of 25 staff positions; CEO profiles containing demographics, education background, and more; and data on four categories of floor staff (permanent full-time, permanent part-time, seasonal paid, and unpaid volunteer). A separate chapter is devoted to operations trends identified by more than 150 responding CEOs and Executive Directors. 161 pages. Due to the electronic format of the report, this item cannot be exchanged or returned for refund.

ACM and ASTC Members: $75
Nonmembers: $200



hand to handHand to Hand Annual Subscription

Hand to Hand is ACM’s quarterly journal which highlights national issues and trends in the children’s museum field. Articles include interviews with trend setters, museum leaders, program overviews and museum profiles. One free annual subscription is included per membership. The second most recent issue is posted as a free trial.

U.S. Member/Nonmember: $30
International Member/Nonmember: $50


Hand to Hand Archive — Single Issues

Order back issues of Hand to Hand. To select, review the complete index.

Vol. 6 to present:

Members print version: $5 per print issue.
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Nonmembers: $10 per issue

Vol. 1–5
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Reimagining Children’s Museums Leadership Pre-Conference Proceedings Report

This report documents the very beginnings of Reimagining Children’s Museums, a three-year leadership project that explores what it means to experience a children’s museum in the 21st century. Read what children’s museum directors and nationally-known thought leaders from the worlds of technology, philanthropy, management education and design fields have to say about community vibrancy indicators, the changing faces of museum visitors, the Maker Movement, interactive and gaming media, trends in education philanthropy and meeting the expectations of digital natives.

Members/Nonmembers: Free PDF version



Collective VisionCollective Vision: Starting and Sustaining a Children’s Museum

A comprehensive guide for new and existing institutions, this resource guide is a 337-page compilation that addresses children’s museum philosophy, audience and mission, governance, educational theory, exhibits, programs, planning, fundraising, marketing and much more.

Members: $65
Nonmembers: $95



acmstandardsdocimageStandards for Professional Practice in Children’s Museums

Standards for Professional Practice in Children’s Museums was developed by ACM in 1992 with a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services. This document outlines the standards for professional practices in children’s museums and is helpful for newly founded or start-up museums and those museums seeking accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Members/Nonmembers: Free PDF version



Workforce Survey Cover2ASTC-ACM 2011 Workforce Survey Report

This report provides up-to-date numbers on a range of workforce metrics including compensation, educational requirements, benefits, demographics and diversity. Easy-to-read tables present an overview of 24 staff positions, in-depth analysis of 14 core positions and three categories of floor staff (permanent full-time, permanent part-time and seasonal paid). A separate chapter is devoted to CEOs and Executive Directors and includes data from 25 top executives at institutions outside of the United States. 280 pages, plus introduction and appendix.

Members: $50
Nonmembers: $100



healthykidshealthymuseumsfiHealthy Kids, Healthy Museums

Healthy Kids, Healthy Museums is a 100-page publication profiling 30 best practices at children’s museums that offer family-friendly strategies to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The publication is a resource to give children’s museum professionals ideas and tips for implementing successful models to support healthy families. The articles included in the publication show the range of innovative health-related programs, exhibits, initiatives and other practices at children’s museums across the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Members/Nonmembers: Free PDF version  
Members print version: $10 
Nonmembers print version: $25 



kidsdigdirtgreenpaperKids Dig Dirt! Green Paper

A product of a dynamic planning project funded by the Civil Society Institute, Kids Dig Dirt! Green Paper explores the ways that children’s museums can connect children to nature through outdoor play. The Green Paper provides the vision as well as guiding principles and resources for developing outdoor environments in children's museums.

Members/Nonmembers: Free PDF version
Members print version: $20
Nonmembers print version: $35 



Integrating TeensIntegrating Teens Into Your Museum Family

Created by Please Touch Museum® upon receiving the MetLife Foundation and ACM Promising Practice Replication Award, this toolkit is a 111-page book and DVD that addresses partnerships, recruiting, staffing, funding and programming to help children’s museums create youth programs that fit their communities.

Members/Nonmembers: Free print version while supplies last. Shipping is $5



Toolkit for Reimagining Children's Museumsreimagining childrens museums cover

The Toolkit represents a synthesis of the three years of ideas and questions around the Reimagining Children’s Museum project funded by MetLife Foundation. It’s an invitation to imagine the future of your museum and provides areas to consider—sustainability, design, community, collaboration, change, learning, and technology—as well as processes for reimagining, and resources for further investigation.

Members/Nonmembers: Free PDF version