Museum Services

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 helps Utah museums improve 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

Workshop Calendar


Visit our Utah Collections Preservation webpage to learn more about our webinar and workshop calendars.


The Utah Museums Association and Utah Division of Arts & Museums are facilitating online conversations to keep you connected and share ideas about timely topics relevant to the museum community.

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 Museum Exchange, we will pull together resources shared with the group and add them here.

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Professional Development Scholarships

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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.

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Utah 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.

Click here to see the PDF version of the 2015 museum directory.

Utah Museum Directory

Cultural Industry Advocacy Day

We collaborate with the Utah Museums Association and other partners to host Cultural Industry Advocacy Day in the Capitol Rotunda.

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Ask an Expert

The “Ask An Expert” initiative is an attempt to provide small museums and cultural organizations an opportunity to submit their collection mysteries to a group of topic-area experts for feedback and potential identification. We encourage all museums or cultural organizations to reach out and stump us with their collection conundrums; through the hive mind, we will attempt to help your organization identify the mystery object in your collection to ensure proper care, handling, and interpretation in the future. If our team cannot find the answer, we will assist with finding someone who may be able to help you.

This is not an appraisal service, but is instead meant to assist small museums in identifying potentially unknown collections. If you are looking for appraisal services, please visit the Association of American Appraisers to find an appropriate appraiser.

This initiative is brought to you in partnership with the Utah Historical Society.

We can help you identify (and help you learn how to best care for) objects in the following categories:

  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • History
  • Historic Archaeology (including bottles, tin cans, coins, etc.)
  • Art
  • Geology/Paleontology

Please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you.


Emily Johnson
Museums Field Services Manager