About Go-Museums.com

Harvard University - Extension School Program

This website was designed and developed by Jorge A. Carrillo in December 2016 as a final project for Harvard University (Harvard Extension School Program: CSI E-12 Fundamentals of Website Development)

The CSI E-12 Course provided me with an updated overview of the fundamentals of website development by exploring and pre-evaluating new tools and standards used in the field. The CSI E-12 Course provided me also with a solid knowledge on how the various facets including HTTP, HTTPS, HTML5, XML, XHTML, CSS, LESS, SASS, JavaScript, Ajax, Responsive Mobile Friendly UX, Front End Frameworks, APIs, Server Side Technologies, Databases, Search Engine Optimization, W3C Standards, Site Performance, Code Optimization and Internet Best Practices function together in today's web environment.

The mission of this project is to provide a basic information about all museums in the United Sates in order to promote cultural learning and civic engagement.

"Jorge, this is incredible. What a worthwhile project! Congrats on incorporating all of the different technologies into a very cohesive project. I appreciate your hard work on this." - Brandon Bentley, Dec 20 (Harvard Instructor)

Go-Museums: Web Technologies & Resources

Front End Development

  • HTML5
  • CSS3 (LESS pre-processor)
  • Javascript
  • JQuery Libraries (Sorting Tables, USAMap, Form Validation)
  • Ajax
  • Bootstrap Responsive Framework
  • Vector Icons (Awesome Fonts)

Back End Development

  • PHP5
  • MySQL Database

Server Configurations

  • Apache
  • Linux
  • htaccess
  • Web caching

Additional Resources

  • Google Maps API
  • Google Charts
  • ipapi (IP address lookup)
  • FTP FileZilla
  • Brackets (Code editor)
  • MAMP PRO (Localhost)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • W3C Validator


  • XML Sitemap
  • URL indexing
  • Favicon
  • SEO best practices

Source Data

  • Museum Universe Data File (3Q-2015)

What is the Museum Universe Data File?

The Museum Universe Data File is a list of museums in the United States that is maintained by IMLS. It is the most comprehensive list of U.S. museums available, and it indicates that there are 35,144 museums in the United States, more than double the previous IMLS estimate of 17,500.

What is the methodology?

The new estimate is based on data drawn mainly from IMLS's own administrative records (2009 – present) and data from the Internal Revenue Service on nonprofits (from IRS Form 990 and IRS Form 990-N filers, 2009 – present). In addition, IMLS drew information from third party commercial vendors.

How will the data file be maintained?

This database will undergo periodic review and updates. IMLS encourages the museum community to examine the database and to contact the IMLS research staff if there are institutions that should be added or entries that should be deleted.