So you get it done, beautifully

Discover new ways to contextualize an exhibit, share and be exposed to new interactive ideas, concepts, and techniques.

Educate & Interactives

Contextualizing concepts can be quicker with the use of interactives, visitors just learn faster with hand-on.Read More »

Mounts & Care

Caring for things starts with a proper mount, enclosure, or support. Our job doesn’t stop, ongoing care is important.Read More »

Museum Types

We don’t live in bubbles, we believe that you can learn useful tricks from all types of museums.Read More »

Research & Reviews

Try it, test it, solve it, and tell everyone about it; successful or not. A place to go when deciding on a product or solutionRead More »

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For Who

This site is dedicated to getting the job done in fresh and beautiful ways.

It’s a cross disciplinary environment for those in the Museum Trade.

Preparators et al

Preparators, Installers, and Technicians: Enhance each other with tips, materials, and vendors, Get a better, more beautiful product, Newbies ramp up quicker.

Designers & Educators

Share your techniques, Find new ways to contextualize your exhibits, Share your interactives for all types of content, nerd out on fonts and title wall designs.

Directors & Managers

Cut down on training time, Maintain high standards, Institutional knowledge retained, A repository for the revolving activities you do over and over.


Number of museums

in 202 countries


Number of museums

in the U.S.


Number of preparators,

technicians, & handlers

(educated guess)

Origin Story

Museum Trade was born from the love of working in all types of museums. It started over a twenty years when I found myself riffing with crew members, conceiving of both simple and outlandish solutions to preparator issues while installing in one museum or another (late nights, long hours, you get the picture). Riffing over and over through the years until one day I decided that these crazy ideas and preparator knowledge couldn’t be contained in my head any longer, it should be archived, shared, and amplified. I hope you feel the same.

Your ordinary is someone's epiphany

Some of us have worked in museums for 20, 30, 40 years. Others two, three, or four. Some of you may just be starting out. No idea is too small, no technique is too obvious. We get better togther.
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