About the Museum services program
The Museum Services program's mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs. The Program assists Utah museums in improving their ability to:
- care for and manage collections
- develop quality educational resources
- provide access to collections for research
- identify and successfully compete for financial resources
New Training Opportunities!
We are pleased to announce our new line-up of training opportunities through June, 2021. All opportunities are online-only, and registration is free but requires RSVP.
We at the Division of Arts & Museums are working to make our content as accessible as possible to all. All workshop materials used will be provided to registrants in advance of the online workshop in addition to being available once the workshop is completed. We use the Zoom meeting platform to host all workshops. All content will be recorded and captioned post-workshop and will be available on our website. Accommodations can be requested when registering for the workshop online and will be accommodated with 72 hours notice. Please contact Emily Johnson at email@example.com to discuss any accommodation requests or questions you may have.
Please save the dates for the following workshops and skills labs:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Fun With Forms!
- Come learn about or refresh your hand at using Deeds of Gift, Condition Reports, and Accession Forms - we'll be quick, and you'll leave with templates and brief instructions. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Conducting an Inventory
- Join us to discuss conducting an inventory in your museum. We will cover practical steps in the process, resources to consult if you're stuck, and tips and tricks for how to make your inventory accurate, thorough, and complete. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - Managing Museum Volunteers I
- Session I of Managing Museum Volunteers will include strategies for volunteer recruitment, preparing your museum for volunteers, and trends in museum volunteering, including modifications for COVID-19. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to write a thorough volunteer job description, which will provide good foundational information for Session II. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - Managing Museum Volunteers II
- Join us for Session II of developing your museum volunteer program. Participants will review their volunteer job descriptions and walk away knowing how to build their program through budgeting, risk management, volunteer selection, and policies and procedures to help you manage your program. Although participation in Session I is not mandatory, this workshop will build off of concepts learned during that workshop. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - Managing Museum Volunteers III
- The finale of our Managing Museum Volunteers series will include strategies for maintaining your volunteer program. Topics will include: Building a Budget, Program Evaluation, and Volunteer Recognition and Retention. Participation in Sessions I & II is not mandatory, though the workshop will build from concepts covered during previous instruction. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - Collections Planning
- Join us for a session on collections planning. Learn how your museum can make intentional, proactive choices about what belongs in the collections in light of the museum’s mission, purpose, and audience. After defining what a collections plan is and why your museum needs one, the session will explore how to write and implement the plan. Participants will leave with an understanding of the basic structure of a collections plan as well as examples from other museums. Materials can be accessed here.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - Collections Policy - REGISTER HERE
- Collections Policies are one of the most important foundational documents of any museum. This workshop is designed with best practices in mind, so whether you have a Collections Policy that needs updating, or you're starting from scratch, we have tips and templates for you. Join us for this very important workshop, and get your museum on its very best footing.
Virtual Conversation Tables
Many of our buildings are closed to the public and most likely your day-to-day routine has changed. The Utah Museums Association and Utah Division of Arts & Museums are facilitating online conversations on select Fridays to keep you connected and share ideas about timely topics relevant to the museum community.
We appreciate all of you who have participated so far. We have decided to move these conversations to once a week. This is a new use of technology for many of us and as we expected there have been some bumps along the way but we will continue to make adjustments as needed.
Each conversation will have a topic to keep us focused. If you have suggestions for topics or would be willing to lead a topic please let us know by filling out this form. After each virtual table conversation we will pull together resources shared with the group and add them here.
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Museum Services Professional Development Scholarships
The Museum Services Program provides funding to support museum’s staff, board members, or key volunteers to attend relevant conferences and trainings or online coursework and workshops. These conferences/trainings provide opportunities to expand organizations’ skill sets and network with other museum professionals in the field.
Please read the guidelines here.
new museum directory update
We’re updating our state museum directory, and we need input from Utah’s museum community. Please click on the button below to open the PDF and find your organization’s name and information in the alphabetized list. If your information is incorrect, please email Emily Johnson with any updates at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
old museum directory
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites you to discover Utah’s museums through a variety of exhibits and programs our museums have to offer. More than 260 Utah museums offer you a rich and diverse experience in a wide range of subjects, from art, culture, and history, to science, botanical gardens, and zoos. This directory has divided Utah museums into six regions, with cities listed alphabetically in each region: Wasatch Front, Northern, Eastern, West Desert, Central, and Southwest.
Museums Advocacy Day
The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museums Advocacy Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held March 10, 2020.