Argus is a flexible web-based collections management system platform for museums and galleries. Argus is built to enhance curation, and to significantly expand outreach and access via the Web, enriching the experience for both in-person and virtual visitors.
Unlike traditional collections management platforms, fully Web-based Argus enables you to easily offer public portal access to objects and exhibits and to provide more in-depth documentation about each artifact – delivering content in context. You can also leverage efficient purpose-built workflows with minimal training required, and can rest secure in the knowledge that Argus is built on sustainable, cutting edge technology that will remain relevant as your collection and requirements grow.
Museums and galleries stay accessible, visible and relevant with Argus. The combined collection management and portal elements of the system result in greater operational efficiency and strong partnerships between Collections, IT, and other departments. Ease of use and minimal training time leads to rewarding volunteer opportunities and increased accessibility and productivity for staff.
Increase the Visibility of your Collection
Integration by Design
Community Curation / Co-Curation
Mobile Access for Visitors and Staff
Today’s Argus is purpose-built for innovative museums of all sizes and budgets, based on best practices learned from Eloquent, Cuadra, and original Argus clients over ~20 years. This unrivaled CMS delivers the expanded access and enriched visitor experiences demanded by today’s forward-thinking museum professionals; it’s designed to grow with you, and limited only by your imagination.
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Watch to get a high-level sense of what Argus brings to museums of all sizes and budgets
How to Make the Case for a (Better) Museum CMS
Museum expert and consultant Rachael Cristine Woody covers the role of the museum CMS; how no CMS-or a bad CMS-is a burden to staff; why you need a (better) CMS; examples of what a good CMS can do for museum staff, and how to put it all together and make the pitch for a (better) CMS.
You Need a New Museum CMS, Now What?
This webinar in museum expert and consultant Rachael Cristine Woody’s series on Collections Management Systems covers challenges like: how to find initial CMS options to inform the procurement process, basic CMS criteria to consider, CMS information to capture, and the role of the procurement team
From organizations like yours
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
With Argus, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has an innovative collections management system that will always suit their needs even as they flex and change.
Collecting for over 100 years, History Colorado is a historical society dedicated to offering public access to the cultural and heritage resources of Colorado in 7 museum sites, 2 off-site storage facilities and a 200,000 item collection.
Advice and how tos from industry experts
A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing
A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing offers advice from Rachael Cristine Woody, a seasoned museum expert and consultant specializing in grant acquisition, with significant experience in museum, history and heritage organizations as both a practitioner and advisor. It takes a pragmatic approach to such topics as seeing each grant application as an opportunity, learning and moving on from inevitable failures, using grant acquisition to provide valuable financial sustenance to the museum without negatively impacting staff, and applying a systematic, common sense methods that builds the necessary skills to survive the grant writing process and thrive within it.
How to Select, Buy, and Use a Museum CMS
How to Select, Buy, and Use a Museum CMS explains how to search for, select, buy, implement, and maximize the value of a museum collections management system. In order to deliver the best return on investment in a collections management system, staff need to know:
How to begin the search for the right CMS; how to navigate the procurement process; how to prepare for what migration will entail; what workflows, standards, and tools they should be aware of, and how to use a CMS to its maximum potential.