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. 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.
The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museum 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 next year’s Museum Day, which will be held February 25, 2014.
Blue Star Museums
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.
Celebrate Your Museum Day
Communities across the United States will celebrate their museums September 28, 2013. Participating museums will provide free or reduced admission and other special activities during this event, which is organized by the Smithsonian Magazine. Many of Utah’s museums are free every day. Photo credit Arianne Cope.
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 rate for their annual Charitable Solicitations Permit.
The museum performance goals program encourages museums to become more professional 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. Two certificates have been awarded, and the program is currently being redesigned to allow participants to apply a greater variety of training toward the certificate.
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.
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.