Museum Services

Texas is home to more than 700 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

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


Can You Hear Me Now?  Connecting to Visitors through Real Stories of Artifacts and Place

Date:  Friday, April 11, 2014
Location:  Cotton Gin Building, Ware Plaza, Grapevine, TX
Registration fee:  $35 includes box lunch and workshop materials

This workshop focuses on storytelling in museum interpretation. Review the basics of effective storytelling and how object-based narrative can strengthen the impact of an exhibit.  Learn to use storytelling to connect your museum to your community in relevant and meaningful ways. How do you find and tell real, compelling stories based on collections or a significant place?  Among the topics covered by this workshop are: engaging multiple perspectives, identifying the “four truths” of a story, reframing questions, and approaching difficult history.

Instructor:  Erin L. McClelland, Interpretation Specialist, Austin, TX

This workshop is presented jointly by Texas Historical Commission and Texas Association of Museums. The curriculum was developed by the American Association for State and Local History with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Copyright 2010 by the American Association for State and Local History. All rights reserved.

Advanced registration is required by April 4, 2014.

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If you are interested in sponsoring and hosting a 2014 or 2015 workshop, contact Museum Services Program Staff for more information.

The Technical Assistance section provides a number of downloadable resource lists, articles, and other useful information.


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.





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What's New

Resources Available through the Museum Services Program

There are many great resources available to museums, you just have to know where to look.  The Museum Services web page is a great place to start!

Many new grant opportunities are posted on the Museum Services Grants and Funding page.

Are you looking for infomration on collections care or emergency preparedness?  Resources covering these topics and more are available on the Technical Assistance page.

Do you need informaiton on social media, marketing, professional organiations or nonprofit organizations?  Resources and links covering these topics and more are available on the Additional Resources page.

If you have any questions contact Museum Services Program staff.


Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting

Museums in the Winds of Change:  Staying Relevant and Sustainable

Wind is a constant to the Southwest and brings both challenges and benefits. Just as a windmill turns into the wind to harness the wind’s energy, museums must meet change with a dynamic that fosters relevance and sustainability. Steadfast as a windmill, our charge as museum professionals is to lead the development and articulate the excitement of what happens when the cultural setting and the public collide and explode with energy.

TAM & NMAM Annual Meeting
April 2-4, 2014
Overton Hotel & Conference Center
Lubbock, Texas

Registration is now open and available on the Texas Association of Museums website!