Local museum

A local museum or local history museum is a museum that covers local history. Its collection normally includes objects with a local connection of some sort. Such museums are often small in nature and have a low budget for their running costs. Entry costs are normally low as well.[1]

Museum de Oude Wolden is a local museum about art and history in Bellingwolde, Netherlands.
Big Sandy Heritage Center is a local museum about history and culture in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Nurmijärvi Museum Coffeehouse (Nurmijärven museokahvila), a former parish warehouse right next to the Nurmijärvi Church in Nurmijärvi, Finland.

A local museum covering a city is sometimes called a city museum and a local museum covering a town is sometimes called a town museum.


The first suggestion of establishing local museums in Britain was made by William Sharp in the nineteenth century.[2] On the strength of this suggestion he was admitted to the Royal Society.

Regional variationsEdit

In Germany, a specific type of local museum is a Heimatmuseum, a museum dedicated to the unique German concept of heimat, a form of local cultural identity.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Timo Tohmo, Economic value of a local museum: Factors of willingness-to-pay. Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 229–240, April 2004. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2003.12.012
  2. ^ Bernard Leary, ‘Sharp, William (1805–1896)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edn, October 2005. Accessed 22 May 2010.