Texas is home to more than 950 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 the following services at no cost:
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 Webinar: Neurodiversity in Museums--Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. CT
Jackie Spainhour, Director, Hunter House Victorian Museum
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Free Webinar: Museum Relevance--Exhibitions for Social Justice
Thursday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. CT
Elena Gonzales, author, Exhibitions for Social Justice
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The Helpful Resources page provides a number of downloadable resource lists, articles, and other useful information for museums. All previous Museum Services Webinars are archived and available to view at any time. The Connect and Learn page provides links to trainings hosted by other organizations and services, as well as listings of museum professional organizations. Grants and Fundraising offers resources for grant-writing, fundraising ideas, and an extensive list of grant opportunities relevant to museums in Texas.
Program staff can provide free, individualized assistance and support to 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
- Marketing and social media
- Collections care
- Professional ethics
Check out the "Highlights" and "What’s New" sections below for announcements and current news from Museums Services.
Program staff sends email notices on timely information about current trends, available resources, upcoming grant deadlines, training opportunities, and other types of assistance. To be added to this email list, contact program staff.
Photographs in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk
Real Places 2020
Preserving Historic Texas
January 29-31, Austin
The Texas Historical Commission's fourth annual Real Places conference will feature several tours and workshops, 30+ sessions, and 70+ speakers from across the country. Museum-focused programming includes:
- Remembering the Future, Reinventing the Past (Elizabeth Merritt, Center for the Future of Museums)
- A Conversation with Elizabeth Merritt
- Fund Development and Successful Storytelling (workshop)
- Engaging a Cultural Continuum: The House Museum Transformed
- Math + History = New Programming Possibilities
- Reaching out Via the Airwaves: Is Podcasting Right for You?
- Happening Now! Preparing Museums to Respond to Current Events
- Straight from the Source: A Funders' Panel
- Your Museum is a Gateway to Primary Resources for Educators