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MSA’s New Strategic Plan: A Focused Set of Goals for 2016-2019
As a follow up to our management announcement, the Board of Directors is very pleased to launch MSA’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan — a focused set of goals surrounding Young Professionals, Education, Advocacy, and Conference/Expo, that were developed to revitalize and refocus the Museum Store Association

MSA Office Moves to Philadelphia
As part of the new management direction, the Museum Store Association Headquarters is now fully operational out of our new office in Philadelphia, PA. Please update your records to reflect our new contact information.

MSA Bold New Management Direction!
The Museum Store Association announces a new management direction and expanded operational infrastructure designed to revitalize association; plans to move headquarters to Philadelphia, PA.


The "Curator's Den," a store inspired by old maps, in the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Wanting What You Get: Merchandise for Challenging Exhibits

October 24, 2016 By Blue Anderson An operations manager once asked me if I always got what I wanted. The perception was that the “front end” always got what we wanted in regards to exhibits, special events and floor space. She didn’t sound angry or confrontational, but rather matter-of-fact. I paused before I answered, thinking […]

The book section of the de Young Museum, a fine arts museum in San Francisco

Why Books Belong in Museum Stores

October 17, 2016 By Stuart Hata Why do books belong in Museum Stores? In an environment where every single sliver of profit margin and sales is vitally important to our businesses and museums, should books be given their fair space and representation in our stores? The answer is a resounding “yes!” First, full disclosure – […]


Museum Stores Volunteers and Department of Labor

October 3, 2016 Do you have volunteers in your Museum Store? Recently, our Chief Operating Officer asked us to review our intern and volunteer program museum wide to ascertain if we were in alignment with the Department of Labor. Many of us were surprised to learn that we needed to update our programs. Volunteers and […]

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