Collections Management Testimonials

Discover institutions like yours that have found success with Gallery Systems. We have the good fortune of partnering with many of the world’s elite museums, corporations, and collections management professionals. To learn about our work together, read testimonials from some of our 800+ clients below, and visit our Conservations with Clients and Case Studies pages for full-length interviews and articles.

“We chose TMS for several reasons. We were impressed by the long, stable history of development of TMS by Gallery Systems, and that the software is used worldwide by a large number and variety of cultural institutions. Most importantly: TMS allows us to do things that we’d only dreamed about with our previous collections management systems.”

Brad Hubley, Entomology Collection Manager, Royal Ontario Museum

“We’ve been relying on our eMuseum site to boost our social media presence during these past months of Covid, and we’ve been thrilled with our increased following. It’s wonderful to be able to provide our Facebook visitors with links to our eMuseum site!”

Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections, Monmouth County Historical Association

“When an institution’s staff contacts us to request a loan, they aren’t only referencing the object title and the artist’s name. They also reference the artwork’s accession number and other details I know are coming from eMuseum.”

Miquel Geller, Associate Registrar of Collections, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

“It definitely helps internal workflow as much as it benefits the public to view collections from home. eMuseum improves our communication across the departments. We’re so pleased to have a digital tool that functions so efficiently for the way we want to work, with transparent communication both internally and to the public.”

Kristin Remington, Digital Assets & Collections Manager, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

“Staff use TMS or eMuseum to search for works of art to use in teaching or programming. It is a great resource for finding further information about an object that is helpful in understanding its history without pulling the object itself or the paper files. We are starting to include even more information about the objects in TMS, so that it can become a one-stop shop for information about The Block’s collection.”

Melanie Garcia Sympson, Curatorial Associate, The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

“I love Gallery Systems. I don’t come from an IT background and Gallery Systems was very clear in communicating each step of the process. Whenever I open help desk tickets in the Gallery Systems Community, I always receive quick and informative responses, and it’s easy for Gallery Systems staff to access our database remotely and provide helpful feedback.”

Kira Kikla, Registrar and Digital Initiatives Manager, Louisiana State Museum

“TMS and eMuseum are the foundation of the management of our collection. With the help of TMS, we can extend our information to the public and internal staff alike.”

Lenn Nunn, Head of Information Systems, National Gallery, London

“TMS is used by so many major museums. Meeting the needs of those museums, as Gallery Systems has done, has made the product more flexible and we, as a smaller organization, have been the beneficiaries.”

Richard Grant, Executive Director, The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

“Increasing accessibility to the collection, while at the same time reducing handling and light exposure of the objects, couldn’t have been achieved without these new technologies and our partnership with Gallery Systems.”

Rachel Tassone, Associate Registrar, Williams College Museum of Art

“Working with Gallery Systems has been amazing. They’ve been helping us configure functionality and processes. Everyone has been so responsive.”

Natalie Lawler, Assistant Collections Registrar and Preparator, Chapman University Art Collections

“The positive experience we had using barcoding to facilitate the move has encouraged other departments to adopt similar practices.”

Larry Felton, Senior State Archaeologist, California Department of Parks and Recreation

“The goal is to have all the information in one database where everyone can find it and we can easily report on any aspect of the collection. We feel strongly that this is very important for the care of the collection.”

Julia Day, Conservator, The Frick Collection

“The learning opportunity is great for our students. So many institutions use TMS, it becomes tangible work experience. They can learn the system and then progress to an internship or job with a great set of skills.”

Lindsay Shen, Director of Art Collections, Chapman University Art Collections

“TMS is very flexible system allowing us to effectively and efficiently manage all the many different collections on display at Temple Newsam House as part of the Leeds Museums and Galleries collections.”

Jen Kaines, Registrar and Collections Manager, Leeds Museums and Galleries

“TMS and Gallery Systems have been two of our most important team members in achieving our goals and in helping us catalogue and understand our archive, but most importantly to then share it with the world.”

Becky Smith, Co-founder, The Suzie Zuzek Project

“TMS has benefited our institution by allowing us to add, track, and report on collection information in ways that were impossible with our previous database. As we become comfortable with various features, we continually find ways of using others that allow us to improve both the quantity and quality of our data.”

Jennifer Day, Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center

“The collaboration and exchange between TMS users has been very useful, both locally and internationally with programs like Collective Imagination. Users of TMS organize conferences and workshops in order to keep members informed, support collaboration, and inspire the development of new ideas and projects.”

Margret Schild, Head of the Library, Theatermuseum + Filmmuseum, Düsseldorf

“In my opinion, the Gallery Systems products are the best possible tool that a museum can use—in all departments from research to registration, curatorial to conservation, and more.”

Virginia-Lee Webb Ph.D., VL.Webb Consultants

“And of course TMS is a fantastic tool. We’re currently using it to manage a 3-year, wall-to-wall inventory project, and I am excited to see how it will transform both the quality and quantity of data we’ve collected.”

Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

“Working with Gallery Systems’ web team on the Seattle Art Museum’s Chinese Painting and Calligraphy OSCI project meant having highly knowledgeable support and leadership directly from architects of our database systems, TMS and eMuseum, which are the basis for the online catalog.”

Michelle Miller, Registrar for the Collection, Seattle Art Museum

“It’s the combination of having the objects, photographs, and the paper records available to students and researchers that truly brings value to our collection. Gallery Systems is an essential partner in our museum’s goals.”

David DeBono Schafer, Senior Collections Manager, The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

“Media Studio was TMS! There is no need for a complicated separate integration protocol because all of the data entered into Media Studio is entered directly into TMS. This fulfills the spirit of our IMLS grant, and frees us from ongoing integration maintenance.”

Marty Stein, Photographic and Imaging Services Manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

“We currently use TMS to manage the collection, and members of our staff with access to TMS (curators, educators, registrars) use it to research objects and artists in the collection, as well as generate checklists, reports, and loan contracts. With its great potential to collect and store information, TMS can be a “one-stop shopping” resource for research on the museum’s collection, and so much of the data that we now gather on objects in the collection goes directly into TMS.”

Theresa Papanikolas, Curator of European and American Art, Honolulu Museum of Art

“In the fourteen years that I have been using TMS, it has always lived up to my expectations and grown with my needs. I am particularly fond of the Query Assistant and Advanced Query, which combined with Crystal Reports make the production of complex reports so easy.”

Kevin O'Duffy, Private Collections Manager

“We’re extremely happy with the eMuseum website that Gallery Systems is hosting for us. We think you did a wonderful job creating it and keeping the look and feel of our website.”

Chris Norton, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, Barry Art Museum

“We continue to get great comments about our eMuseum website, and our curators are loving using it!”

Rodger Kelly, Deputy Director of Operations, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

“We didn’t need to research if we could implement IIIF, or how to do it. We simply asked Gallery Systems to deploy the latest eMuseum upgrade. They did, and we gained an important new feature: IIIF functionality.”

Haidar Hadi, Digital Database Developer, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

“We believe that Gallery Systems provides the knowledge and support needed to best help us showcase our collection.”

Mark Engstrom, Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections & Research, Royal Ontario Museum

“Once we got TMS set up, it practically does the work for you.”

Bridget Bryson, Manager of Curatorial Affairs & Communications, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

“TMS is the heart of everything.”

Jim Whittome, Manager, Collections Database, M+

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