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Hi! Welcome! I have no idea about a WikiProject so help is a *good* thing. Initial to-do list stems from my own: User:Travellingcari/Museums TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:03, 18 March 2008 (UTC)


I noticed this projects banner being added to some of the articles I've started/edited about museums in south west England - is it OK for anyone to add the project banner to relevant articles? What is considered within the scope? does it include art galleries etc or just articles with museum in the title?— Rod talk 20:57, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Moved this to its own subheader as I think Scope is going to come up often. I've been manually tagging and then I asked SQLBot to help out with all the museum stubs. Any museum is within the scope and that includes galleries I would say. Feel free to add it to any galleries you feel appropriate, scope can narrow or widen as we see the need. Thanks for stopping by TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 21:02, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks I'll add it to Category:Museums in Somerset & a few others I've been involved, but on doing a few I've noticed that this projects banner doesn't nest! - see Talk:Haynes International Motor Museum for an example of what I'm talking about.— Rod talk 21:06, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
There's a special way to make them nest? I thought project nesting was a separate template i.e: what's in use on Gary Sinise, or have I misunderstood your question? I tried to c/p it here but using nowiki broke it. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 21:09, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Take a look at Template:WikiProject Somerset there is a line of code {{#ifeq:{{{nested|}}}|yes| which I think is what does the business.— Rod talk 21:23, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Museums discussion from Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals

Special Interest Areas

Does it make sense to add 'done' articles? I'm not really sure how to best tackle that. I'm going to work with SatyrBot for a ToDo list and SQLBot about tagging some other categories (I only had the bot tackle Category:Museum stubs as a trial because it didn't have a lot of subs) but what else to we need to do in order to tackle a to do and a done list? Personally, I tend to work at random. I stumbled across Category:Museum events and decided to work through that for a) tagging b) sourcing (my personal pet peeve, I hate unsourced articles) and c)expansion but I don't have a logical plan in mind.

Also thanks, all, for help in fixing various things. I don't think we're doing too badly for being less than 24 hours old :) TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 04:51, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

When the bot ran I don't think it found museum stubs listed by country eg Category:United Kingdom museum stubs or Category:United States museum stubs or those by special interest eg Category:Art museums and galleries stubs or Category:Aerospace museum stubs. If you are going to ask it to run again I think these & the other categories listed on the project page should be included - then there is just the massive task of assessing them all for both class & importance. Also, are zoos included within the scope of museums? — Rod talk 17:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Nope, it definitely didn't. I'm not sure how it picks up sub cats, or whether we'll just have to make a master list and feed it to the bot on a weekly/monthly/whatever basis. I asked SQL about that and will let you know what he tells me. In the mean time we'll just keep adding to the categories list. There are apparently bots that can assess based on previous assesments, which would definitely work for the stubs. I think we also need to work out what makes a quality museum article and then figure out assessing them. I know of some examples of comprehensive museum articles but I also know that realistically, the Garibaldi Memorial will never be on part with the Museum of Modern Art so I think we have to figure out too whether there might be criteria based on the size of the museum as well. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 18:44, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Categories and To-do sections

I added a few extra categories, and to-do items... for your review, comments, and or edits. Cheers. LanceBarber (talk) 07:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Yeah I just saw you added that and was about to come tell you I 'borrowed' it. Thanks because I had no idea how to create one. In case anyone is curious, the project photo is of National Museum (Prague) (original here). It was a quick and easy choice because I took it so there were no licensing issues. Not attached to it and am definitely open for suggestions. Thanks also for the template. I'd seen it on a number of articles but didn't know where it lived. Anyone know where the one for NRHP (seen at Bartow-Pell Mansion, among others) lives? I know it applies for some within our world as well.

Proposed Scope

Very draft/WIP. I'd like some feedback before moving it over to the main project page.

The Museums WikiProject includes a wide-range of facilities worldwide that identify as museums. These are not limited to buildings, but may also include ships such as the Intrepid and USS Arizona (and? I know there must be other 'non traditional' museums, but I can't think of any at the moment and I know this is very US-centric at the moment). It also includes memorials and historic buildings (i.e. Historic House Trust) that identify or operate as museums. The Project is still in the process of identifying and tagging museum articles, but any Wikipedian is encouraged to add the templates and assess relevant articles.

Galleries, zoos, gardens? I say a clear yes to galleries but I'm less certain about the other two. Thoughts? FWIW I also see as we get more organized, the overall scope possibly ending up with some projects/task forces i.e. WP:AVIATION and WP:AIRLINES, etc. but I think we can cross that bridge when we come to it.

WP:MILHIST already has a semi-related task force: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Military memorials and cemeteries task force. -MBK004 18:16, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Notability Guidelines

anyone have any thoughts on this? I think the vast majority of museums are notable simply due to the fact that many have WP:RS coverage either within their subject, in academic journals or in the news. There may be issues with some really small collections in small towns, but I think those are the exceptions rather than the rule. Issues where I see them are:

  • niche organizations such as those in Category:Museum events, some of which have been deleted. They don't have RS coverage and seem to lack any sense of notability. Often, they're not consumer driven, which feeds the lack of RS coverage
  • same issues with Category:Museum companies, with an example of a now deleted.

Some are notable, but I think at some point as we get more organized, we'll have to think about this. Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 15:24, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Need for other language speakers....

I've realised when working through Category:European Museum of the Year Award winners tonight that we're really going to need speakers of other languages to help with some of the articles. Alta Museum had English language sources but Archaeological Museum of Alicante and National Heritage Museum, Arnhem had very little, making it hard to expand award-winning museum articles. To that end I've added a members' sub-section where people can note comfort with 2nd/3rd/etc. languages TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 04:22, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


31 days may be a little too frequent, lets go with 3-6 months. Some sections we may not want to archive... the Council signup.... discussions on assessments, guidelines, etc... unless we move them to the main page. Thanks, Lance...LanceBarber (talk)

I think the assesments, guidelines will go to the main page once we decide what exactly we want. Discussions on modifications can be brought to new sections in the talk was my thinking. The council signup is moot now, the member list is on the front page. My concern with 3-6 months is it will be far too long to be user friendly and the archive allows people to find previous discussions. Thoughts on that? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 05:13, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Project sub-category

I have propsed a move of Category:Museums templates to Category:WikiProject Museums templates. See Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2008 March 23. Simply south (talk) 23:41, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't exactly understand this, but since it's probably something I stuffed up upon creation, go ahead and make the change. It seems as if the same info would exist TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 02:57, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I can't make the change, only an admin can. Simply south (talk) 03:07, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Draft importance levels

Below a first stab at importance levels. I thought it was best to discuss it here first. Feel free to edit/change/provide other examples.— Rod talk 09:51, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey you, out of my brain cell :-p I was just working though this on my train ride in. I think the high class is also the big museums in major cities. A good number of these are national museums especially in European capitals, but a number are just well-known i.e. MoMA in New York, Tate in London, Osaka City Museum....Below that it's a little fuzzier. For example, Beth Shalom when I found it going through the unassessed articles it had one sentence and it had been tagged for speedy in December. A quick Google determined that it's no V&A but apparently is a signficant museum, how do we classify those?
There's also a related issue -- Museum of Modern Art is an extensive article but as is pointed out, it's still sorely lacking in a number of areas. I think it shows just so much we have our work cut out for us TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 13:39, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
If no one has further comments on the table below shall I move it to the assessment dept at Wikipedia:WikiProject Museums/Assessment & it can be further refined there?— Rod talk 09:41, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan. I'm working through a draft to put in my sandbox of quality/peer review criteria, but don't really have anything to add to this TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 11:46, 24 March 2008 (UTC)


This page is a guide to assessing the importance levels of articles that are maintained by WikiProject Museums. There are four levels of importance that give an indication as to the priority of articles to this WikiProject, as opposed to Wikipedia as a whole.

The importance levels are Top, High, Mid and Low, and are assigned by adding |importance = level to the {{WikiProject Museums}} template on the article's talk page. A guide to the type of articles that should be placed in each category is given below, but these are not hard and fast rules. Any individual article should be assessed on its own merits. If you are unable to decide which importance level to use, please go to the WP:Museums talk page and leave a message there.


  • Anyone can assess the class or importance of an article, you don't need special permission to do it.
  • If you feel that an article has been assessed wrongly, feel free to change it.
  • Any problems or questions should be left at the WP:Museums talk page, as that is monitored by more people that the talk page here.

Article Quality Draft

User:Travellingcari/Museums Draft in my sandbox since it's long and not pretty.

I didn't add any comments to Good Article + since I'm not sure that's clearly defined on a project-specific level but I added some thoughts to stub/start and B class.

Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 14:32, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Looking good - I would suggest linking to GA & FA criteria from the relevant sections. On pictures, in the UK Geograph is really good & all CC licensed so can be used on wikipedia - there is even a simple template {{subst:geograph | image-number | author}} for adding them on upload which marks them for transfer to commons. There are a couple of comments eg "Avoiding POV" which are mentioned in one section but apply to all. A link could also be made to Template:Citation to help people not familiar with referencing.— Rod talk 16:23, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Also on quality... when we have more members & are more organised.. some projects have peer review mechanisms - until then probably best to point people to WP:PR - and also collaboration of the month (or week if enough active members) when everyone works on a particular article for a set period of time to bring it up to the next quality level.— Rod talk 16:42, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Don't forget to take advantage of the internal mechanisms in place with the other projects our articles will come under the scope of, especially WP:MILHIST if applicable, etc. -MBK004 16:44, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

All good points, thanks. I didn't know about Geograph, so I'm going to add that to the resources on the main page. I definitely don't want to re-invent the wheel as far as what MilHist and other related projects have done, and definitely need to think about collaborations and peer reviews. Everytime I think, 'oh I'm just going to quick assess a few' I end up re-writing. NYC Museums are in an awful state! TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:06, 24 March 2008 (UTC)


I'm going through and rating articles, you can help too, just go to the talk page, click edit, then add |class=|importance= and fill in the appropriate rating for the article and finish it! LukeTheSpook (talk) 20:38, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Indeed, Category:Unassessed-Class Museums articles was at 795 at the start of the day ant it's not at 691, we're on a roll. I'm going to ask one of the bots to assess all the stub class articles when we have the categories imported since that's the vast majority and then we can fine tune from there. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:25, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Huge Category List

Betacommand had his bot to run a giant list of all the subcategories of Category:Museums following this discussion. I don't think we should edit that list to have it remain bot!readable but I was thinking of generating a list of subcats to remove for irrelevancy (sp?) to the project. Once we finalise that I'll move it to a subpage of the project in case any one is *really* interested in just how big this is. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 03:45, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Candidates for Removal:

  • Category:XRCO Hall of Fame: porn entertainers and films, no evidence of museum connection
  • People associated with the X museum: thoughts on this? Some have notability issues but beyond that I'm not sure if we want to go that deep. Curators, definitely. People associated with? I'm unsure on this.

Other than that, I don't see many. Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 03:53, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Looking good, but we are going to getthousands of article to assess! Possible issues so far:

There may well be others this was just a quick(ish) scan.— Rod talk 08:38, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Should all the old buildings be included eg Category:Listed buildings & sub cats be included - many of these are in private ownership & have no public access or claims to educational functions?— Rod talk 10:05, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
OK so I missed more than a few last night. Note to self, no wikiing while tired. The only one that you mention that I think should be included is the HOF sports because (at least here in the US), they're museums as well. I think if we run across one that isn't we can remove the tag from that article. I agree on the listed buildings, I think those would get covered under NRHP (here in the US) and relevant projects for overseas buildings. THere's some overlap, but nt enough to need/want the whole category. And yes. the FA/GA are already tagged, as are museum stubs, he just had the bot run a list of all the subcats under Category Museums because I wanted to see what we were up against. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 11:55, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

More on this

I copied the list to my sandbox here: User:Travellingcari/Museums Cats so we can edit it and feed it back to BCBot. Feel free to direct edit. I've removed the ones we discussed above and a couple of other that are entirely irrelevant (see history as I created it with the full list). Also realized the full list didn't load for me last night which explains why I missed so many. I just found Wikipedia:WikiProject Zoo which is semi-active and makes me think that we don't need to add all the zoos to this project since I think very few are actually museums. I think we can add individual zooos on a case by case basis if they have a museum component but I don't think we need the categories. I haven't removed those yet because I didn't want it to be a unilateral decision. Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:36, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

ETA: Aboreta? I don't think they're museums. I've also removed museum inductees as the people are not really in the scope of this and would be covered under another more relevant project. Feel free to re-add if you think I'm wrong TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:39, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

ETA 2: I think we've just learnt how much of a mess the category system can be! TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:48, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

If zoos & aboreta are outside the scope (& I would agree they are) then should Aquaria & Aviaries be outside the scope as well? & what about Butterfly farms & Botanical gardens? Why is Letychiv included? & we still have Microsoft database software in there.— Rod talk 18:40, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Weird, the full list doesn 't regularly appear for me, I thought I'd rmved Microsoft but at any rate it's gone now. I agree on arboreta, etc and have removed all. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 18:59, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
More for consideration: Herb gardens, Herbariums, Hill forts, Castles, Mathematical databases, Object-oriented database management systems, Online databases, Palmetum, PostgreSQL, Public domain databases, Rjukanbanen, and Middle-earth castles and fortresses (I would get rid of all the castles & houses categories & add them individually if they are also museums).— Rod talk 19:36, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Done. I left historic houses, however, as it's primarily a US designation and those *are* museums, I removed the plain houses. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:21, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
OK - a few more which perhaps shouldn't be in there: Bibliographic databases, ?Byggnadsminnen (some castles but includes a VHF transmitter), Chinese city walls, Châteaux x2, City walls, not sure about Digital libraries, Document-oriented database, Fortified French châteaux, Gusuku, Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Knowledge discovery in databases, Mathematical databases, not sure about Memory of the World Register, we have National Trust properties in London but not the rest of National Trust properties in England, Open access archives, Palmetum, Persistent programming languages, Royal Canadian Air Farce, United States zoos navigational boxes - feel free to reject any of my suggestions.— Rod talk 21:02, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Outdent for clarity. Took care of the above, partially by hand tagging the one or two relevant in the cat. Left planetaria because, and this may be a US thing, but most are in/associated with natural history or science museums. I don't know much about how the National Trust in the UK operates. I know when cleaning and tagging yesterday I came across a museum (the David Livingstone one in Scotland) that was operated by Trust of Scotland. Is it the norm or special case? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 11:56, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Many NT properties are old houses (or other buildings) open to the public and including collections of artefacts or similar which I would have no problem including in museums, others are open areas of land, ruins etc where you might be lucky to get a display board & some do not allow public access egs Mow Cop Castle, Dolebury Warren, Crook Peak to Shute Shelve Hill none of which I would call museums. Perhaps I should volunteer to tag those which do fall within the scope individually?— Rod talk 12:38, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Makes sense, I think far more in the US are museums, leading to my confusion. I'm going to rmv the category and we can hand tag as needed. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 16:34, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
I've been through the National Trust categories & hand tagged them. I see you've move the master list arising from this discussion & asked a bot to tag them. I would have liked to have finished the 520 left in Category:Unassessed-Class Museums articles first - especially identifying the 1 low importance article which hasn't been class assessed & the 2 start, 4 stub & 2 list which have not been importance assessed, as I can't easily identify these specific articles.— Rod talk 18:27, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Whoops sorry if I jumped the gun on that. I can probably ID those articles for you this evening/over the weekend as I know at least two of them. I think most are at my own hand from having tag issues. BCBot hasn't yet tagged the articles, and I intend to knock out most of the remaining un assessed this evening. I need to quit being distracted by fixing while tagging TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:00, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
No worries I did find some of the half assessed articles - I'm not going to have time to do much more tonight - but I did notice loads of article with "The" in the title - some of these may be required as formal titles but others may require renaming.— Rod talk 21:46, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Yep I saw some of those, as well as sone that aren't in anything close to their proper name, not even tackling the non-English language ones. Going to give a run at more assessing. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 01:03, 29 March 2008 (UTC)


Anyone good with assessment? I've tried to get it to display properly. Even when I add

 {{Wiki Project Museums

I still get unassessed. I think I broke the template. Anyone a little better at this than me? I know I can get a box to fix the assessment, but I think the template needs fixing first TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 21:12, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

{{WikiProject Museums|class=GA}} works see Talk:Roman Baths (Bath)Rod talk 21:26, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
I think you need to create the categories first otherwise it doesn't work.— Rod talk 21:28, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
and John Carter did something to fix it too. I think he may also have fixed the nesting issue, I'm testing it now. Note to self: cobbling templates together via c/p doesn't work as well as I'd like TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 21:30, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

B-Class Review Criteria recommenation

Other WPs use the following for B-class, recommend we use the same:

<!-- 1. It is suitably referenced, and all major points are appropriately cited. --> |B-Class-1=yes/no <!-- 2. It reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain major omissions or inaccuracies. --> |B-Class-2=yes/no <!-- 3. It has a defined structure, including a lead section and one or more sections of content. --> |B-Class-3=yes/no <!-- 4. It is free from major grammatical errors, and not needing cleanup per [[WP:MOS]]. --> |B-Class-4=yes/no <!-- 5. It contains appropriate supporting materials, such as an infobox, images, or diagrams. --> |B-Class-5=yes/no

Full template:

{{Wiki Project Museums
<!----- CLASS-B REVIEW ----->
<!-- 1. It is suitably referenced, and all major points are appropriately cited. -->
<!-- 2. It reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain major omissions or inaccuracies. -->
<!-- 3. It has a defined structure, including a lead section and one or more sections of content. -->
<!-- 4. It is free from major grammatical errors, and not needing cleanup per [[WP:MOS]]. -->
<!-- 5. It contains appropriate supporting materials, such as an infobox, images, or diagrams. -->

LanceBarber (talk) 22:17, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree, does that get added to the museums template so that it's added automatically when an article is assessed as B class or is it added separately? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 23:55, 30 March 2008 (UTC)
The 11 lines are manually added to the template, select yes or no, and if all yes, then manually change the |class=B. The custom bot for the project template would have to be modified to check for any "no", and then create an category for that particular need. Now, to do the customization, I do not know that level. LanceBarber (talk) 05:00, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Museums as part of World Heritage Sites

Some museums that are parts of World Heritage Sites are ranked low, which means that they are "local museums" with very specialist interests. I think this should be a criteria of beeing a major museum and would help to separate the article bulk. Geo-Loge (talk) 22:25, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree, I also think we may need to tweak the rankings slightly for special cases like those where they would be local/low interest if not for "thing X" that differentiates -- i.e. WH site or some other factor. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 00:51, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Okay, I found the Pergamon Museum which is part of the Museum Island in Berlin and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden which is enlisted in the Dresden Elbe Valley and has at least two museums of international relevance. Note that especially federal nations may not have one National Museum. Germany for example has a couple of state museums as there are the Berlin State Museums and so on. The Euromuse portal may also help to find museums to be ranked mid or high. Geo-Loge (talk) 10:55, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for this - feel free to change class or importance where appropriate. I do worry though about things like Bath which is a world heritage site but museums within it such as the Jane Austen Centre or Museum of East Asian Art which don't really relate to the WHS should not IMHO be ranked highly on the importance scale.— Rod talk 11:03, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Of course not. The museum(s) should be stated as a part of the WHS and/or the importance of the museums, galeries and collections should be declared by the UNESCO's description. Geo-Loge (talk) 18:35, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
It's some of the same issues with the Smithsonian Institution which is supposed to be the US's national museum, but while some museums, especially those on the Mall in Washington D.C are amazing, others are decidedly also rans. I don't think all of its subsidiaries are as highly rated as the Institution itself, or the big museums. The US is also much the same as Germany -- the Met and MoMA are right up there (yes, I'm NY biased -- running off the top of my head but I know there are others in the US -- Getty in LA for one) that are right up there in prominence and international interest, etc. I think what we all need to remember is that the ratings aren't set in stone. Someone else has caught a couple of mis rankings I did -- either due to more knowledge of the museum or local language information. I think this is to be expected. The language issue is one we're going to need to look at -- I found a bunch of Burma museums where finding information is going to be a challenge but it's hard to assess importance without it. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:59, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Even with our guidelines (which still need refining) & Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment assessment is a subjective process. I think the World Heritage Site status is a useful external arbiter but the may be other useful indicators eg winers of Museums prizes which I haven't taken into account yet. I'm happy to be eg I assessed Ascott House as "start" largely due to the lack of inline citations & others have put this up to "B". I think I may have been harsh on some of the importance rankings - but remember most of the ones we have done so far were the ones the bot added because of a stub tag - it will be interesting to see what we get when the bot runs again. The 32 left unassessed at Category:Unassessed-Class Museums articles are those I'm not sure are museums or have "The" in the title, or I otherwise found difficult to assess - If anyone wanted to finish those off that would be great.
I'm working on them, albeit slowly. My laptop is cranky today. I agree that it's subjective, and by necessity to some. A small museum may be crucial for the city's Project but of relatively low importance in the grand scheme of museums. I think it's going to be a learning process for us all. BCBot has started to run, nt yet finished I don't think. I've also pulled out some that were tagged as museums due to {{Museum-stub}} but I have no idea why they had that stub since they were not museums in the slightest. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 04:16, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Template Error?

Anyone know how to get the project template out of full italics? See Talk:Alcheringa Gallery for example, I don't think it looks as clear as Template:Project New York City TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 18:20, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Template:WikiProject Museums has the line style="text-align:center;font-style:italic;" removing font style should solve it (I think but I'm not an expert)— Rod talk 19:36, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
may not be an expert, but you're better at this than I am. Thanks! TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 04:03, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Getting another weird one. I assessed Category_talk:Law_enforcement_museums_and_memorials as a cat but it still returned as un-assessed importance. So then I tried NA, as the other banner on the article has done, but that didn't seem to work either. Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:52, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

The template Template:WikiProject Museums includes the line |NA|Na|na= I think something eg "Non-article Museum pages" or "NA-class" Museum articles" put after the equals sign & then the category created.— Rod talk 21:51, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, I'll look into that. I was trying to look at Template:WPLE, which works, but I don't really follow the codes. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 02:35, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
I've had a play & adding "class=cat" puts articles into Category:Category Museums pagesRod talk 10:58, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Hersfold fixed it! Thanks TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:59, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Historic House Museums

Shouldn't these be included? Grey Towers National Historic Site was tagged, then untagged eight hours later ... however I feel that this should have been left tagged, since it's in Category:Historic house museums.

I am contemplating adding myself to this project since a) it's been needed for a long long time (and whither WikiProject Libraries? WikiProject Hospitals? I'm not starting them but the need is there) and b) I do so many out of working on WP:NRHP. I'd like to know, then, if this is about just the traditional kind of museum or if historic house museums are also included. Daniel Case (talk) 05:19, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

I definitely can see the need/use for those to be tagged. I'll go back and re-tag them later today. I know for a fact I've hand tagged the houses associated with Historic House Trust in NYC because I'm familiar with them and created a bunch, which was when I realised the need for this project. I was very surprised that there wasn't one -- didn't know there wasn't one for hospitals or libraries but I haven't done too much work in those areas. Welcome if you decide to join TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 11:47, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Historic house museums should be tagged, but historic houses not - in the UK you very tagging "listed buildings" which includes whole streets of private residences & all sorts off buildings - ditto castles. Architecturally-based categories should be avoided, just function-based ones. 12:00, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
As far as I can tell, none of the castles were ever tagged. I'm going to look at the other listed category you mentioned since I was 95% sure we removed all the 'listed' for the very reason you said. I think the vast majority of US historic houses that have articles here are museums, rather than homes which are still private residences or are in other use. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 14:31, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. You guys just got yourself another editor. As for historic houses, the NRHP listings usually tell whether a house is still occupied (Millard Fillmore's house in East Aurora, New York is still a private dwelling, like many other National Historic Landmarks. It's a call-it-as-you go situation. Those of us who work on these articles about subjects near us usually are in the best position to say. Daniel Case (talk) 20:06, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Draft guidelines for writing about museums

I've had a quick stab at starting a draft guideline for writing about Museums. It's a bit big to put here so its at User:Rodw/Sandbox/How to write about Museums - anyone is welcome to edit or comment on that page & then when we have consensus we can move it over to the project pages.— Rod talk 10:59, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Wow, thanks for that! I think it's good and comprehensive. A note on what I added. I think some curators may not be strictly, independently notable but their work within the context of the museum may be notable if covered in reliable sources. There are exceptions like Philippe de Montebello (although that needs massive! work) who's notable but others like Carol Enseki probably doesn't warrant her own article but is notable enough in the context of the museum to be covered, does that make sense?
I also added the National Register of Historic Places, because for some like houses in the Historic House Trust, that might also be more applicable. In some cases also, the building is as/more important as the museum, for example Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion, did I make that clear? Thanks again for this! TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 13:58, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for additions, I'm sure others will have more to add. In the UK some house owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty which are open to the public as old houses I wouldn't count as museums - anyone else have thoughts?. Could we also debate the spelling of artefact (UK English) v artifact (US English).... — Rod talk 16:45, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
I've also just thought that visitor numbers should be included - but not sure whether this should go in lede, history or wherever?— Rod talk 17:07, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
Whoops on artefact, I didn't know that was a UK spelling, sorry about that. Guess I never came acorss it when living in Australia, I recognised all the others and tend to use a few myself. We have some of the same issues with the houses that you mention, I think it's a case by case basis because some national register listings are museums, and vice versa, but not all. I happen to personally prefer the NRHP template to the museum one because it covers more information, but I also think the museum one could probably be expanded as well. Not sure on visitor numbers.. I think a trend probably makes sense in history connecting with growth of the museum but precise numbers are harder to find in 2ndary sources and then does it matter if we know the museum's attendance has increased from the founder and his brother in 1901 to 90.000 some years later, do we need precise numbers? I tried to tackle this very issue in Brooklyn Children's Museum#History but didn't have numbers for the whole history. I suppose that's my !vote for putting it in the history section TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 17:53, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps artefact should follow the spelling in the country the article is based in - perahps we need to include that in the guidelines? On visitor numbers.. in the UK stats are produced annually (I think where public funding is supporting the museum) see the Visitors Statistics from Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Perhaps we should have a "resources" section on the project page which points to useful sites like this? — Rod talk 21:21, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
RE: artefact, I think that's a good idea since it follows the general Wikitrend (don't know if it's MOS) that centres/theatres are in the UK/Canada/Australia, etc. whereas centers/theaters are in the US, unless of course the proper name of the place differs. That's a good idea for the resources section as non-UK editors may not be aware of it. Some US museums publish official figures but I think they're solidly in the minority TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 00:18, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

(outdent) As we have had quite a few members join since I originally proposed some draft guidelines for this wikiproject (see User:Rodw/Sandbox/How to write about Museums), would anyone have any further comments/edits or do people think these should be moved to the project space & linked from the main project page?

I think we're very close, if not ready to move it to project space. I'm having flaky internet connection issues at the moment so I can't check -- do we have the italicized ship names in there? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 19:41, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
We do now— Rod talk 19:48, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

English or Local Name?

Two off hand, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and National Museum (Prague). The latter caught my attention since I couldn't find it under Narodni Muzeum, which I know it as since I lived in Prague. I know WP:UE says, "Use the most commonly used English version of the name of the subject as the title of the article, as you would find it in verifiable reliable sources (for example other encyclopedias and reference works)." However I think museums are known by their proper name, not necessarily a translated name i.e. El Prado Museo in Madrid, Reina Sofia in Madrid -- possibly The Prado but never Queen Sofia.... I think we as a project probably need consensus or whether we're going with the MOS on this one. Thoughts? TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 01:01, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't think a project can decide that WP:MOS doesn't apply - what you can do is go to the relevant page i.e. WP:UE in this case and argue why something should be a special case.— Rod talk 11:06, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
I see what you're saying. There are other articles like La Scala where they've had a version of this discussion. I think the application of the MOS is horridly inconsistent. I think it's also a proper name issue, most of us as English speakers don't refer to Venice as Venezia or Rome as Roma unless we have strong ties to the country, and in the case of Finland and Greece, I'd argue there are a number of Americans wh wouldn't recognize the native name. But for other places, it's less clear, we don't call Buenos Aires, "Good Air", nor do we translate Kyoto, Nairobi or some of the ridiculously long Welsh city names. The MOS can't be consistent where the English language itself isn't i.e. American city names in Spanish (Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Maybe we as a project should decide whether or not we think using the proper name is more encyclopedic. I wonder what the old encyclopedias did in this case. I stand by my reasoning that an English speaker who has visited/is going to a museum in a non-English speaking country will know the museum by its guidebook name, if nothing else. Thoughts? I think once we as a project decide we could present a cohesive discussion at UE. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 20:53, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
What can you mean by "ridiculously long Welsh city names" which WP does not translate? There are only 3 cities in Wales, for which English versions are used: Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Most town names are also in English, and are rather short in either language. Johnbod (talk) 14:11, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for one, which is a re-direct from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, while it has a shorter English name, the article title is the Welsh name. Wikipedia and the English language are not consistent so if WP:UE is followed to the t, which I don't think it should be, that one would need to change too. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 14:34, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
That (pop 3k btw) long version is famous for being made up to boost the tourist trade. Most Welsh names are no longer than anywhere else's. Johnbod (talk) 15:30, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

This Cardiffian can't help feeling we're straying from the point. Travelingcari, the most commonly used English version preferred by the MoS doesn't necessarily entail an English translation. I'd argue that 'Louvre', 'Prado', 'La Scala' et al do meet that definition because they're foreign names with currency in English. So we have the article titles Louvre and Uffizi, rather than Musée du Louvre and Galleria degli Uffizi, because these are the more common forms in English usage. (Not that I'd have a problem with the latter two as titles.) Nobody – and that includes the MoS – is suggesting that these idiosyncratic names be translated literally. The Museum of the Meadow or the Gallery of the Offices, anyone?

This is still a worthwhile point to raise, though – look at something like Template:Rome museums, in which 5 of the museums listed are given their Italian names and 6 English translations. My feeling is that the MoS principle should be followed (so Borghese Gallery instead of Galleria Borghese) except where translation wouldn't work in an English idiom (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna is not a museum of modern art as we know it, and nor is Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica one of antiques.) And yet, there's something about the ring of Galleria Spada that makes me prefer it to Spada Gallery... Ham 23:26, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Focus Articles

Periodically listing important articles that need attention here. I see it as a museum-specific version of WP:Cleanup. I'm not adding stubs or anything here that one person can do, but rather ones that probably need some collaboration, brainstorming or other thoughts...

  • Art museum, it's a mess and has been for some time. As someone noted back in June 2007, it's hodge podge of a list and an article, the list isn't comprehensive but doesn't seem to have any inclusion criteria. And frankly? The last thing we need is yet another list (see Category: Lists of museums, which I'm trying to flush of non list articles and sort better). Thoughts on what to do with what I see as a high importance article? I'm not even sure what purpose it serves. TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 01:58, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Museum, the single most basic article for this project. Not in that bad of shape, but still needs some work. Could be a great article with focused effort. --Gimme danger (talk) 19:58, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Museums/Categories