Small museums make up a large percentage of BCMA’s membership and we are dedicated to serving their needs. Understanding that people working in small museums face a unique set of challenges, BCMA has created a set of Tools with them in mind. The Small Museums Toolbox showcases user-friendly, practical, and easy-to-implement resources geared towards anyone working in small museum.

We are excited to unveil our first set of Tools below.

Look for more Tools to come soon!


Exhibit Development Tools

Interpretation Principles 1: The Art of Storytelling in Exhibitions (BCMA Tool, 2019)

Interpretation Principles 2: The Art of Writing for Exhibitions (BCMA Tool, 2019)

How to Write Effective Labels (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!

Exhibit Panel Design Basics (BCMA Tool, 2019)

Collections Management Tools

Basic Guide to Collections Management (including sample collections management policies, forms and templates) (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!

Step-by-step Guide to Accessioning (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!

Step-by-step Guide to Deaccessioning (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!


Museum Education Tools

Learning with Objects: How to create object-based activities at your museum – includes four ready-to-go activity plans (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!


To submit a proposal for a new tool, share a success story or provide feedback on this project, please email


The B.C. Museums Association gratefully acknowledges funding support of this project: