The Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia builds connections between and among the diverse museum and cultural community, provides opportunities for professional growth, shares best practices, and promotes accomplishments in the field.
Members of Philadelphia’s museum and cultural community access diverse learning experiences, engage in impactful networking events, and collaborate in valuable professional and leadership opportunities through the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia.
The Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia traces its roots to February 16, 1939, when a group of Philadelphia museum leaders came together in advance of that year’s World’s Fair in New York. The fair’s six-month season presented a perfect opportunity to promote and advertise Philadelphia and its museums to new audiences. That day, the Philadelphia Council of Museums was born, led by charter members Dr. Henry Butler Allen and William F. Jackson of the Franklin Institute, Dr. Fiske Kimball of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Franklin H. Price of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
In the years following its inception, the Museum Council played an important role in preserving our region’s treasures through fostering communication and cooperation. This was especially true in the 1940s following World War II, when the Council found ways to preserve artifacts during such a crisis and frequently worked with organizations to identify preservation solutions.
Museum Council has grown in size and scope since its inception, extending its membership well beyond the boundaries of the city proper—as well as including an assortment of cultural institutions including historic houses, gardens, libraries, and more. A volunteer board of eight professionals manage Museum Council, along with members of its programming, membership, marketing, and emerging museum professionals committees. We are supported by dozens of organizations and hundreds of members across the region, and continue to grow. Join us!