Museum Services

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:

  • Training
  • Resources
  • Consultations
  • Communications

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.
 

Training

Free Webinar: Bringing Objects & Artifacts to Life
Thursday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. CT
Jodi Larson and Hannah Kellogg, Museums Unbound
Learn more and register now!

Free Webinar: Appraising & Insuring Historical Treasures
Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 p.m. CT
Barbara Blades-Lines, Blades Appraisals and Art Resources
Joy Simpson, Higginbotham
Learn more and register now!

Free Webinar: Social Media and Your Cultural Organization--Where to Start
Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. CT
Justin Minsker, Historic Sites Communications Coordinator
Learn more and register now!

Resources

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.

Consultations

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
  • Security
  • Fundraising
  • Professional ethics

Communications

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.

Fast
Facts

39%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have a backlog in cataloging their collections

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What's New

Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting

Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting
Tradition Meetings Inspiration
April 13-16, 2020
Bryan College Station


Join museum staff and stakeholders from across the Texas for TAM's annual meeting. Keynote speakers include Randi Korn, Founding Director of Randi Korn and Associates, and Dr. Suse Anderson, Assistant Profession of Museum Studies at The George Washington University. View the prelimiary conference program.

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

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Focusing on Visitors

AASLH Workshop: Focusing on Visitors
June 11-12, Dallas


Visitors are central to our work, but how strategic and thoughtful are we in how we communicate and interact with them? How can we do a better job of engaging visitors when it comes to developing programs and exhibits in our organizations? Keeping visitors at the forefront of our thinking, participants will explore a wide range of topics including audience types, program development and planning, developing/updating exhibits, marketing, evaluation, volunteer management and training, and collaboration. Case studies and interactive activities provide fun opportunities to engage with fellow participants and our host site. Attendees will leave the workshop with information, ideas, and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.

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