modes collections management

Documenting collections since 1987

The Modes Story

Documenting collections since 1987

Modes was developed by the Museum Documentation Association (MDA) who released the first version in 1987.

The Modes Users Association (MUA) was formed in 1996 to support the growing numbers of organisations using Modes. In 1997 the MUA became a not-for-profit company and acquired the Modes suite of programs from the MDA.

We've been developing the software and supporting users ever since.

All Modes users who pay their annual subscription are members of the MUA, and there are now more than 720 member organisations. As part of the MUA, you join an active community with the opportunity to shape the future of collections management. 

Not for profit

As a not-for-profit company, all our income is invested in developing the software and supporting our users.

Spectrum Partner

As a Spectrum Partner, Modes helps museums put the Spectrum standard into practice.