FYI - Maryland Computer Museum article
evan at snarc.net
Mon Aug 2 22:43:34 CDT 2010
>>>> - there's no rule that a museum is supposed to be publicly owned.
>>> I do not know about other states, but in New York - yes, real
>>> incorporated museums are public, officially part of University of the
>>> State of New York, and must follow the Rules of the Regents.
>> It's illegal there to start up an independent museum??
> Without USNY accreditation, it's next to impossible for a museum in
> New York State to obtain tax exempt status as a museum. It's similar
> to the accreditation requirement for public lending libraries.
Exactly. To whoever asked the question: museums aren't profitable.
Without being a non-profit, success is almost impossible. (Our museum
here in NJ is an exception because we're a club that happens to get
cost-free exhibit space. Even so, we're still en route to 501c3 status.)
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