How to organize the School Museum

The creation of the School Museum contemplates the organization and exhibition of collections of objects, documents and others owned by the School. It involves the development of a collective activity in which professors, students and managers participate in the design and assembly and assume the management in its entirety.

The Museum can concentrate a variety of contents based on the type of objects that define its center of interest and serve as didactic support for the development of themes in different curricular ideas.

Through the School Museum, the conservation and protection of cultural, historical and artistic heritage from the school environment is motivated and the Community identity of the Institution is reinforced

Initially, seek the collaboration of people and institutions with extensive experience in assembly Museums. This should be only transitory.

The creation of the School Museum implies that it becomes a cultural and research center for the educational community and develops different activities such as:

  • Generate research
  • Hold workshops, conferences and events
  • Disseminate the presence of the School Museum in the town
  • Support the formal and non-formal education activities of the School.
  • Stimulate the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills
  • Integrate the Museum into the Institutional Educational Project based on the centers of interest in the basic areas of the curriculum.

The creation of the School Museum involves the following stages:


* The collection is the races of being of the Museum.

If the School does not have a collection, encourage students to start it. From a historical element, a sculpture, a mural or the character in whose homage, the School receives the name, ideas arise to concentrate collectible elements that contribute knowledge to the members of the educational community.

It is important to register and inventory the objects and elements that the School has and that have artistic, historical, documentary, scientific, cultural, institutional, etc. interest. The inventory of the collection is carried out in an individual file that contains all the information related to the object.

This inventory must be advanced by people who have a scientific knowledge regarding the pieces. Its development requires time and research.

Apart from the inventory, it is convenient to make a classification or an ordering of objects based on common characteristics, in order to proceed with a cataloging.

All objects must be listed and marked somewhere that is not visible.

Promote at this stage the interest that students donate to the School objects that serve to expand the collection.

Data sheet Number:
Object name
Origin ………………… Place

Length ……………………… .. Width ……… Height ………… .Weight ………
Other Technique
Object state
Good ………………….. Regular ………………. Bad
State of
Complete Integrity ………………………. Incomplete …………………… .. United
DescriptionAcquisition form
a. By donation ………………………. b. By purchase ……………… .. c. By exchange


The museological guides include the definition of the subject, general objectives and the development of the subject based on the research carried out based on the objects.

Based on the investigation, a “literary guide” is elaborated, that is, “the story to be told to the general public” about the material on display. The texts of this guides are short, simple and accompanied by drawings, diagrams, maps, etc. in order to make a didactic and pleasant presentation.

At this stage, take advantage of students’ artistic abilities to design billboards that have the information of the literary guides.

Once you have selected all the objects, prepare the cool ones, technical data sheets or identification signs of the objects to be exhibited. Make sure the information is clear, accurate and brief.

This stamp, issued in Colombia in 1863 by the sovereign state of the Department of Bolivar, is considered the smallest in the world.


It is the last stage in the creation of a Museum and includes the definitive arrangement of objects in a room adapted for its exhibition.

The aim of the assembly is to put the viewer directly in front of the work to establish a visual, evaluative and intellectual dialogue that allows him to appreciate and interpret what the work communicates.

Select a large place that allows easy circulation of students, with good lighting and that is safe.

Use bases or pedestals to expose three-dimensional objects. These can be made from cardboard boxes, jars, pieces of wood, sheets, etc., painted to present them aesthetically.

Mount the billboards on triplex sheets so that they remain firm and can be placed on the wall.


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