Museum Security Standards

Standards Are Your Best Friend

The prevailing standard for museums of all types in North America was written by a blue ribbon committee several years ago and was known as “The Suggested Guidelines for Museum Security”. It is being revised by another committee to conform with the Homeland Security style format. As a result some of the provisions have changed slightly and references were added to master standards by the American Society for Industrial Security.

While the differences are not significant, there are differences. As soon as the final draft of the new standard is available we will post it here. Until then, here is the link to download the original standards.


Many, including myself, feel that the original document is more appropriate for most museums and should be considered to be valid until all of the members of the museum community from insurers to museum directors to security managers review the new document. Click the link to download the original document.

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