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Museums

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.

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 NowPlayingUtah.com. You may also email us to request a copy of our museum directory at whassan@utah.gov. 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 the 2013 slideshow and video. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held February 25, 2014.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museum Logo

Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click HERE for more information.

Museum Day Live

Museum Day at Discovery Gateway

Communities across the United States celebrated their museums September 28, 2013. Participating museums provided free or reduced admission and other special activities during this event, organized by Smithsonian Magazine. Many of Utah’s participating museums are free every day. Check back in the spring for information about Museum Day Live 2014.  Photo credit Arianne Cope.

Certification

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.

Certificate of Museum Practice

The Certificate of Museum Practice recognizes a significant investment in museum professionals’ development. This non-academic certificate is recognized by Utah Arts & Museums and the Utah Museums Association. Five certificates have been awarded, and the program is currently being redesigned to allow participants to apply a greater variety of training toward the certificate. Contact us at whassan@utah.gov for more information.

Funding

Grants

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.