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

To be included in the THC Atlas, a history museum must exhibit and interpret objects and stories in a structure designed for public visitation, on a regular schedule at least 120 days per year.

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

Information about 2019 workshops is coming soon!

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
Facts

3 Trail Regions

have at least one history museum in every county.

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What's New

Museum Leadership and Gender

Largent Lecture in Museum Studies:
Museum Leadership and Gender

Tuesday, February 5
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:00 p.m. Lecture
Room 1701, Administrative and Academic Wing, Mayborn Museum Complex
1300 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706

Joan Baldwin and Anne W. Ackerson are co-authors of Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace (2017) and Leadership Matters (2013). The latter examines history museum leadership for the 21st century, and continues to evolve as a blog on the subject. Together and individually Baldwin and Ackermann speak frequently at the American Alliance of Museums annual meetings, at many regional museum association meetings, and last fall co-presented a half-day Leadership Forum at the American Association for State and Local History annual meeting. They also co-teach a course on leadership for the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program. Baldwin and Ackermann are co-founders of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM).

Joan Baldwin has been a museum director, a program analyst for the New York State Council on the Arts, and Program Director for the Museum Association of the State of New York. She is currently the Curator of Special Collections at The Hotchkiss School. Anne W. Ackerson served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, director of the Museum Association of New York, and executive director of the national Council of State Archivists. As an independent consultant, Anne now focuses on organizational development and planning, and governance issues for the smaller nonprofit cultural institution.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP to Lisa Rieger at 254-710-1233 or Lisa_Rieger@baylor.edu

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers awards to recognize worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage. - See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/awards#sthash.iNC3hcrG.dpuf
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers awards to recognize worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage. - See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/awards#sthash.iNC3hcrG.dpuf
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers awards to recognize worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage. - See more at: http://www.thc.texas.gov/awards#sthash.iNC3hcrG.dpuf

Museums as Economic Engines

Did you know that:

  • $3.9 billion is the financial impact that Texas museums have on its economy?
  • 62,013 jobs within Texas are supported by the museum industry?
  • Texas museums generate $900 million dollars in tax revenue?
  • $2.7 billion is the amount that museums provide in wages and other incomes to Texas' residents annually?
  • 89% of Americans believe that museums provide important economic impacts to their communities?

To learn more about museums as economic engines download a free report from the American Association of Museums.

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...