Museum Services

Texas is home to more than 900 local history museums. Whether housed in a historic structure or a state-of-the-art new building, each one is dedicated to telling the story of a community’s unique history. Collectively, they preserve the real places and the real things that tell the whole story of Texas.

The Museum Services Program enables small history museums to better carry out their missions by helping them to increase their capacity for meeting professional standards. We do this by providing:

  • Free consultations
  • Training
  • Communication

Free consultations

Program staff can assist museums in any aspect of museum operations, including but not limited to:

  • Starting, planning, or reorganizing a museum
  • Writing mission statements
  • Strategic planning
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Educational program development
  • Exhibit planning and design
  • Interpretation of collections
  • Board development and relations
  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Special events
  • Collections care
  • Security
  • Fundraising
  • Professional ethics

In addition, our Technical Assistance section provides a number of downloadable resource lists, articles, and other useful information for museums.

Training

Words to Live By: 5 Powerful Tools for your Museum's Success

This summer and fall Museum Services will partner with Texas Association of Museums and the American Alliance of Museums to offer "Words to Live By: 5 Powerful Tools for your Museum's Success."

AAM has determined that every museum should have five core documents in place in order to operate effectively and adhere to best practices in museums.

Does your museum have a …

  • Mission Statement?
  • Code of Ethics?
  • Strategic Institutional Plan?
  • Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan?
  • Collections Management Policy?

This all-day workshop provides the training, tools, and resources to help museums develop or improve their own core documents through hands-on activities and interactive discussions with an AAM staff member and other workshop attendees.In addition, real life examples of these essential documents are included for reference and review. By preparing and formalizing these materials, your organization will be better positioned to receive contributions, collaborate with other museums, and take a step towards museum accreditation.

Dates and Locations:

  • Wednesday, July 13: Lubbock, Silent Wings Museum
  • Friday, July 15: Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum
  • Wednesday, November 9: Austin, Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Friday, November 11: Beaumont, Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Reigster for this workshop through the Texas Association of Museum's webpage or call 817-332-1177.

AAM has determined that every museum should have five core documents in place in order to operate effectively and adhere to best practices in museums.

Does your museum have a …

  • Mission Statement?
  • Code of Ethics?
  • Strategic Institutional Plan?
  • Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan?
  • Collections Management Policy?

This all-day workshop provides the training, tools, and resources to help museums develop or improve their own core documents through hands-on activities and interactive discussions with an AAM staff member and other workshop attendees. In addition, real life examples of these essential documents are included for reference and review.  By preparing and formalizing these materials, your organization will be better positioned to receive contributions, collaborate with other museums, and take a step towards museum accreditation.

Dates and Locations:

  • Wednesday, July 13: Lubbock, Silent Wings Museum
  • Friday, July 15: Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum
  • Wednesday, November 9: Austin, Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Friday, November 11: Beaumont, The McFaddin-Ward House

For more information visit Training Opportunities.  Registration is currently open and available on the Texas Association of Museums website.

- See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-services#...

Words to Live By: 5 Powerful Tools for your Museum's Success - See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-services#...
Words to Live By: 5 Powerful Tools for your Museum's Success - See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-services#....

If you are interested in sponsoring and hosting a 2017 workshop, contact Museum Services Program Staff for more information.

Communications

Museum Services Intern Diana Luis

Check out the Highlights and What’s New Sections of this web page for announcements and current news from Museums Services.

Program staff sends email notices on timely information about current trends, available resources, technical tips, upcoming grant deadlines, training opportunities, and other types of assistance. To be added to this email list, contact program staff.

Fast
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What's New

Free Webinars from Connecting to Collections

Do you need help to improve how you manage your collections? Do you have some vague idea that there are ways to manage the information about your collections and don’t know how to start? Have you documented the condition of your collections so you can tell if they are deteriorating year after year? If you had to locate an item in your collection this afternoon, would you know where to find it?

If the answer to any of these questions is no or maybe, then, this four-webinar course is for you. These webinars will help whether you are starting at Square One or if you already have a pretty good system, but need a boost to get to a super system.

More About Free Webinars from Connecting to Collections

What We're Reading

Here are our staff picks for good blogs to follow for the latest ideas and practices in the museum world.

Know Your Own Bone
The Uncatalogued Museum
Museum 2.0
The Incluseum
The Non-Profit Marketing Blog
Blogs from the American Association for State and Local History
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Leadership Matters
Twisted Preservation

Has your organization been waiting for the right time to enroll in AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)? Now is the time because AASLH is offering a special “get-the-ball-rolling” bonus for organizations that sign up in May.

StEPs is all about daily tasks like caring for collections, planning programs, and working with a board of directors. StEPs will help you build a stronger and more vibrant organization. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and a museum that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.

- See more at: http://blogs.aaslh.org/enroll-in-steps-in-may-and-get-a-special-get-the-...

Has your organization been waiting for the right time to enroll in AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)? Now is the time because AASLH is offering a special “get-the-ball-rolling” bonus for organizations that sign up in May.

StEPs is all about daily tasks like caring for collections, planning programs, and working with a board of directors. StEPs will help you build a stronger and more vibrant organization. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and a museum that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.

- See more at: http://blogs.aaslh.org/enroll-in-steps-in-may-and-get-a-special-get-the-...

Erin McClelland, Instructor
Based in Austin, McClelland is an independent interpretive specialist who works with small- to medium-sized museums. She regularly offers training in interpretation, exhibit content development, and interpretive master planning.

Several dates in June:
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
Registration fee: $35

- See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-assistanc...

Erin McClelland, Instructor
Based in Austin, McClelland is an independent interpretive specialist who works with small- to medium-sized museums. She regularly offers training in interpretation, exhibit content development, and interpretive master planning.

Several dates in June:
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
Registration fee: $35

- See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-assistanc...