A lot of posts here are about wishing to start a zoo, aquarium or museum. Having been a part of an aquarium from its conception to now its 3rd and much larger final stage I can tell you that, while difficult, it can be done. Here is a website that talks about the fundamentals of starting a museum - but the basics are nearly the same for zoos and aquariums. Museum Planning | A blog of museum planning by an experienced exhibition designer This blog is full of great ideas, tips and blueprints for a successful venture. Museumplanner.org is run by Mark Walhimer, Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC an exhibition design and museum planning company. Check it out!