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 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: Environmental Monitoring for Museums--The Basics
September 19, 10:00 a.m.
Stephanie Allen-Givens, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Free Webinar: Se Habla Español--Strategy and Implementation for Bilingual Resources at Museums
October 2, 2:00 p.m.
María del Carmen Barrios-Giordano, Museum Consultant
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Workshop Series: The Road to Great Exhibits
October and November, 6 cities across Texas
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Free Webinar: Collections Management Policies 101
October 16, 10:00 a.m. CT
Mikaela Young, Bell County Museum
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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

153 million

Photographs in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk

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What's New

Real Places 2020: Early-Bird Registration

Real Places
Preserving Historic Texas
2020 Conference
January 29-31, Austin

Save $100 with early-bird registration, open through September 30!

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
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

More About Real Places 2020: Early-Bird Registration

The Road to Great Exhibits

Workshop Series: The Road to Great Exhibits

Explore effective and affordable uses of technology within exhibits at these day-long workshops. Designed to provide the information needed to create impactful exhibits at reasonable costs, participants will learn about available research resources, interpretive writing, and visual storytelling techniques. Using examples from Texas transportation history, hands-on activities will build on each other so that each participant will leave with tangible examples and tools that can be implemented within their own institutions. This workshop series is a collaboration between the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Association of Museums.

  • October 7: El Paso
  • October 9: Canyon
  • October 11: Wichita Falls
  • November 4: Nacogdoches
  • November 6: Fredericksburg
  • November 8: San Benito

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