Museum Practice

Online Museum Practice Resources

Along with the online resources and journals the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the below list outlines a selection of free online resources that apply to art market and museum practice research.

Museums Etc eBooks

A collection of books for "museum and gallery professionals sharing best practice globally, addressing contemporary issues in a practical, authoritative and innovative way". This resource is available through the NGI Library for a limited period (until 13 December 2020) as part of an initiative to assist research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free access is available on NGI computers including remote access to work PCs. Contact us at for passwords to access MuseumEtc eBooks outside of the Gallery network (i.e. on personal browsers).

Art Price Index

Free resource providing art market information covering millions of artworks and indices for over 700,000 artists and 6,300 auction houses.

Getty Provenance Index

For researching rare art auction catalogues, this vast collection of digital records is expanded and enriched on a regular basis. The quantity and scope of research material that is available varies by region, period, and type of document. 

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

The American Alliance of Museums’ is "a leader in developing best practices and advocating for museums, as well as providing a host of opportunities to museum staff and volunteers." Much of the content on their website is free to access including a large bank of articles catagorised by topics such as 'Education', 'Facilities' and 'Development and Fundraising'. 

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)

Professional development resources for curators. Free access to archived webinars available.

Museum Next

Up-to-date information about the museum world offering free articles, event guides and supplier directories. "It's a community that brings together passionate museum leaders, makers and innovators to ask what’s next for museums?".


Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals aiming "to strengthen the educational mission of academic museums and their parent organizations by providing a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news and information". While the institutions of focus on this resource are mainly art museums in American Universities, the ideas about topics such as outreach, diversity, funding and development can be applied to any museum setting.  

Museums of the World

Museums of the World presents and promotes museums and cultural heritage across the world. Website provides users with up-to-date information about museums and galleries worldwide including visitor information, exhibitions, events, collections, interactive audio guides and more.