Categories are the most convenient way to manage the whole collection of a museum.
As there are many different situations depending on the museum type/size/policy, it is not possible to provide a global unique solution for museum categorization. Nevertheless, general schemes are the same everywhere, and upper categories should be in form of:
Subcategories of “Building” and “Temporary exhibitions” are then easy to imagine
The point concentrating the main problems is the substructure of “Permanent collections”. The experience showed that multiple approaches were possible and mutually beneficial, mainly by room and by type of work:
Of course, this example will have to be adapted for very big museums, where the collections are divided by departments; and for the most little ones also, where too much categories could be harmful. But in most cases, it should be fine.
- Example (browse inside the cats)