Smithsonian Directive 60311/06/033
The following definitions apply in the context of thisdirective:
Any public display that includes one or moreartifacts, objects, specimens, photographs, illustrations,art, or digital images or may include props andinformative panels. Smithsonian museums and unitscreate exhibitions that vary in size, scope, type, and intent.Exhibitions which travel to Smithsonian museums andexhibiting units from other organizations are also subjectto these policies.
Issues on which curators, scholars, orsegments of the public may disagree on substantivegrounds as to the presentation or contents of anexhibition.
The appropriate SmithsonianInstitution Under Secretary or the Director of theInternational Art Museums Division.
The objectives of this directive are:
to stimulate thoughtful analysis and refinement ofestablished practices for creating exhibitions
to maintain a system for reviewing and updating on aregular basis exhibition planning guidelines specific toeach museum or exhibiting unit to ensure thatappropriate mechanisms are in place for key issues,such as establishing project management systems todeliver projects on time and within budgets, monitoringexhibition content for accuracy and quality,implementing external and internal evaluations,providing intellectual and physical accessibility, andmanaging potentially sensitive issues
to identify accountability at all levels