Skip to main content
Report Series: Building Audiences for Museums
Part 1 of 3

Opening the Door to the Entire Community

How Museums are Using Permanent Collections to Engage Audiences

Museums show how research and planning helped them use their permanent collections to increase the quantity and quality of visitor interaction.
November 1998
A group of mixed gender and race people standing at an art exhibit looking at a panting
  • Publisher(s)
  • The Wallace Foundation
Page Count 37 pages


The first in a three-part series, this Wallace-commissioned report finds arts museums looking to attract a more diverse mix of visitors by re-presenting their permanent collections and building ties to their audiences’ neighborhoods. Careful research and informed planning helped these efforts.

The report stems from the Museum Collections Accessibility Initiative. This effort supported 29 fine arts museums as they sought to expand the roles they play in their communities. The initiative was launched in the 1990s by a predecessor to The Wallace Foundation.

Now Viewing: Overview Next: Ideas In Practice
Share This


Sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter and news from Wallace.