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Discuss Tag:tourism=museum here

Some past discussion can be found at Proposed features/Museum


Looking at the tag -watch, operator is not often used with the tourism=museum tag. What is missing is a description of the kind of museum. The theme of the collections it has. Technical, art, nature, whatever. Any ideas what can be used? User:Heinz 12:08, 23 October 2008

I would propose the key subject=* where the values for * could be discussed here. Since there are many similarities, I would suggest to keep as close as possible to related subjects or curses which could be taught at school or university. Some suggestions:
  • arts
  • arts:paintings
  • arts:sculptures
  • culture
  • nature
  • history
  • archeology
  • technique
These could also be allowed to be multiple, for example subject=arts;history if the museum houses more then one subejct. What do you think? --1248 19:03, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Some years later, it seems that the most common way of tagging this is with the key museum=* (though most of the current usage is museum=railway). There is some use of the key subject=*, though much of it isn't for museums. --sinh (talk) 10:07, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Hmm yeah I think I prefer museum=* but I see Dieterdreist documented the subject tag on here. Maybe I'll just add the other tag on there for the moment, and note the "TODO decide on the best tag" -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:50, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Open Air

User:Falcius suggested museum=open_air.

I think an open_air museum could be tagged as area=yes and / or explicitly setting building=no.
--1248 23:25, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
building=no is probably a good idea yes. To make it explicit. That should go on the outer way drawn around the whole area of the outdoor museum. And then regarding buildings in general, the outdoor museum might have some small buildings within it. So we just treat that as is standard for things like schools and hospitals. One outer way with the tourism=museum tag on it (and perhaps building=no to be explicit), and then small buildings drawn inside which do not have the tourism=museum tag on them, because One feature, one OSM element.
The original suggestion museum=open_air is not such a good idea, because museum=* seems to be commonly used for classifying the type of exhibit. So you might have an outdoor railway museum with museum=railway.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 11:37, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
This does not solve the problem since a museum has at least two seperated areas. I suggest to solve this with a site-relation as it is done with universities. --Cracklinrain (talk) 11:11, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
Well... different problem :-) But the answer is yes. As with any large area POI, it might be split onto multiple sites in which case you might start representing that with relations (either Relations/Proposed/Site or Relation:multipolygon) -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:37, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Children's Museums

I would suggest setting museum=children for children's museums. Currently the museum= tagging appears be the most common, with museum=railway the most popular value. Brianegge (talk) 13:33, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Sounds sensible. On thing to be clear on here. A "childrens museum" is a museum where the theme/topic of the exhibits is children? museum=children is not the tag for saying the museum is for child visitors, after all quite of lot of museum=science (museums where the theme/topic is science) are very child oriented, so that would be a clash -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:41, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes, please be more explicit and define what you intend. I suggest museums which are in total or in part dedicated to children visiting them should get an attribute for this, e.g. for_children=yes/no/only and not a different museum type. --Dieterdreist (talk) 12:16, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
I agree that we need a dedicated tag. A bit of background: a children's museum is a collection of educational, entertainment and activity areas exclusively for children. Adults are usually prohibited unless they are accompanying children. With that in mind, these are not a type of museum, and this tag should be under tourism or under leisure. This would avoid creating complicated secondary tags that are hard to search for. --HubMiner (talk) 12:56, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I agree with HubMiner, following his description a new top-level tag seems to make most sense. --Dieterdreist (talk) 12:28, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

= On subtypes and topics / museum subjects

It should be noted, that only 1% of all museums have the museum=* key, and some 30% less the museum_type=* key (which is used with different semantics apparently). As "type" does not anything meaningful, we should probably support museum=*. The wiki also mentions subject=* (while this has only half the number of museum_type, it is descriptive, and after all, usage of these subtags is so small that the usage relations can change quickly as soon as some tag gains traction. --Dieterdreist (talk) 12:28, 20 June 2018 (UTC)


What about the description=*-tag (maybe in the form of description:en=*, description:de=*, …)? -- MapFlea 15:50, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

You can always add a description tag to anything yes -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:42, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes, but a description is he last resort, it is not a recommendable form of adding information, because it cannot or only hardly be searched. Important properties of a thing should go into formal tags in the key/value form, not as descriptive text into a general key. --Dieterdreist (talk) 12:17, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Walled museum

I found some trouble here in my city. The museum I want to tag is composed of two different buildings which are inside a walled piece of land. I think I need some landuse=* tag, but I do not know at all which one to use. Any help? --Schumi4ever 15:25, 13 September 2012 (BST)

No I don't think you do need a landuse tag. As mentioned above, use tourism=museum around the whole area, maybe add building=no to be explicit, and then within the area do the buildings separately. These inner ways would have building=yes (or maybe building=museum) but would not have tourism=museum on them because One feature, one OSM element. This is the standard approach we see very commonly for mapping the grounds and buildings of a school or hospital. -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:46, 9 February 2016 (UTC)