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Our museum services’ mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs.

Legal Issues for Small Museums 

Monday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 9, 2015
9 am – 5 pm (both days)
Rio Grande Depot
(Zephyr Room, 2nd floor)

This two-day workshop will review, analyze, and critically examine the legal framework impacting museums as well as take into consideration the ethics involved in running a museum. Issues covered in the workshop include: establishing your tax exempt status, copyright, censorship, laws involving endangered species, relationships with dealers and collectors, acquisitions, and the Native American Graves Protection Act (NAGPRA). This workshop is designed for museum professionals who are responsible for managing their museum collections and for those who manage their organizational status.

Come prepared to learn about many of the legal issues your museum faces. Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration fee.
Registration fees are based on your yearly operational budget. Click here to register.
Scholarships are available to off-set travel and boarding costs for the workshop. Scholarship recipients will receive a stipend and complimentary registration. To apply, you must live 100 miles or more away from Salt Lake City and have a financial need. Please see the scholarship guidelines here.
Scholarship applications are due to on May 15th, 2015. 

Collections Care Assistance

Need help with your museum’s collection? Not sure where to start? Contact Museum Specialist Jennifer Ortiz at 801-245-7288 or at for any of your museum collections related questions.

Find a Museum

You can search for museums on the Utah Museums Association website, a directory fueled by data from Utah Arts & Museums. For current exhibits and events, visit Whether you are planning a day trip to a museum or a longer road trip, these sites are sources of information about the museums that you want to visit. Always confirm with the museum before traveling and please inform us of any corrections or additions.

Museum Events

Museum Day at the LegislatureMuseums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature in the Capitol Rotunda. Click HERE for more information or to see images from past events. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held March 3, 2015.


Museum Certification

The 2008 State Legislature enacted a bill creating a Certified Utah Museum designation.  Museums must be certified to be eligible for Arts & Museum grants. Certified Utah Museums pay a reduced $65 fee for their annual Charitable Solicitations Permit.

Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you are having trouble completing the worksheet, please check to make certain that you have the latest (free) version of Adobe Reader.



Museum Grants help museums develop and execute projects to increase knowledge of professional skills in accepted museum practices; to better preserve, exhibit, and interpret their collections; and to better serve their communities.

Capital Facilities Requests

Planning to seek financial assistance from the state for a capital project? Submit your request to Utah Arts & Museums by June 1 for prioritization by the appropriate board (Office of Museum Services or Utah Arts Council). The prioritized list of projects is provided to the Governor’s Office and State Legislature for consideration when constructing state budgets. This is not a grant and there is no funding set aside in advance for these requests.

Other Opportunities

Information about regional and national opportunities can be found on our MuseOps page.

Utah Museums Services Survey

Utah Arts & Museums conducts annual surveys to collect information on museums’ growth, development and value. Results are posted online, made available to the museum community, shared with legislators, and used for planning.

Survey Results

 Download an information sheet on the Museums program.


Contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801.245.7288