Children's Museum Data

ACM maintains a database of comprehensive statistical information on its member museums. This ACM data can be valuable for marketing, fundraising and general museum planning. All data is compiled through ACM membership surveys.

Membership information is proprietary and intended to be used for a member institution’s research purposes only. ACM requests that member institutions refrain from sharing the data with any other organization or individual without ACM’s explicit consent. ACM relies on members to complete the survey questions in full to attain the most complete and accurate data; although every effort is made to guarantee accuracy, ACM is not responsible for errors in data content.

The data from the ACM Query Service is priceless! I analyze traveling exhibit space sizes, traveling exhibits that museums have rented in the past and operating budgets to benchmark against industry trends. This helps give me context for future decision-making for our traveling exhibits program.

— AMBER STEVENSON, traveling EXHIBITS AND PROJECT MANAGER, MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Here is a guide to ACM data resources to help you select the best option for your needs.

  • Benchmark Calculator: This self-service online members only resource allows you to select up to 12 museums and produce comparable reports on a variety of pre-determined benchmarking reports. Cost: free.
  • Museum Online Directory: A self-service online resource that allows you to search for individual museum profiles of open museum members. Cost: free.
  • Query Report Service: ACM staff prepares an Excel sheet with fields of museum data organized to your specification. Cost: fees apply depending on query request.