The Powerhouse Museum Object Name Thesaurus contains terms for indexing museum collection objects. The thesaurus provides a controlled vocabulary for searching for object names.
The Object Name Thesaurus was developed by the Powerhouse Museum to standardise the terms used to describe its own collection. It was first published in 1995 as the Powerhouse Museum Collection Thesaurus. Since then, many new terms have been added to the thesaurus within the Powerhouse's collection information and management system. The print version has long been popular with collecting institutions to assist in the documentation of their own collections. It has been out of print for a number of years, and the Powerhouse has continued to receive enquiries for it. It is now finally available for use online in the form of a downloadable PDF document.
View as PDF: Powerhouse Museum thesaurus Sept 2009