Few countries in the world have established overarching national laws related to museums. Three countries that have established Museum Acts are in East Asia: Japan in 1951, Korea in 1992, and Taiwan in 2015. In these countries, despite their differing governmental and administrative systems, a Museum Act stipulates the definition of the term “museum,” standards of museum registration, and qualifications for museum curators, thus playing a strong role in cultural policy and museum administration. This session investigates the role of the Museum Act in Japan, Korea and Taiwan and considers merits and shortcomings. In addition, it allows for comparison of these systems with the accreditation system in the United States, as administered by AAM.


  • Melissa Rinne


  • Yuji Kurihara
  • Inkyung Chang
  • Yung-Neng Lin
  • Julie Hart