Museums Journal

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Museums Journal
Categories Trade journal, museums
Publisher Museums Association
Year founded 1901
ISSN 0027-416X

Museums Journal is an online resource and monthly print magazine published by the Museums Association.[1] Museums Journal is a leading source of news and information for museums, galleries, heritage sites and historic houses. Simon Stephens is the current acting editor.

Museums Journal is free for all individual members of the Museums Association. Non-members can subscribe.

Museums Journal publishes news stories daily, Q&As with museum sector leaders, alongside monthly features, comment, news analysis, reviews, and a section dedicated to museum people.

New museums and exhibitions are peer-reviewed in Museums Journal, and website users can log in to add their own comments. Both UK and international openings are covered by the magazine. A weekly blog is written by the editorial staff.

Practical work and case studies are covered in Museums Journal's sister publication, Museum Practice.

Museums Journal is editorially independent of the Museums Association. It represents the Museums Association’s policy priorities and work programmes as well as other views. The editor has final say about what is published.


It was first published in 1901.[1] E. Howarth was the first editor, and remained editor until 1909, when he resigned.[2]

Peter van Mensch described the publication as "the first national journal for the museum field as a whole".[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Museums journal". Wageningen UR Library. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "The Museums Association". Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 22 July 1909. doi:10.1038/081115a0. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  3. ^ van Mensch, Peter (1992). "Towards a methodology of museology". The museology discourse. Estonian Museum Association. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 

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