Office of Museum Services

About the Office of Museum Services

The Office of Museum Services’ (OMS) 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 Office assists Utah museums in improving 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


New Training Opportunities!

We are pleased to announce our new line-up of training opportunities through June, 2021. All opportunities are online-only, and registration is free but requires RSVP. 

We at the Division of Arts & Museums are working to make our content as accessible as possible to all. All workshop materials used will be provided to registrants in advance of the online workshop in addition to being available once the workshop is completed. We use the Zoom meeting platform to host all workshops. All content will be recorded and captioned post-workshop and will be available on our website. Accommodations can be requested when registering for the workshop online and will be accommodated with 72 hours notice. Please contact Jennifer Ortiz at to discuss any accommodation requests or questions you may have.

Please save the dates for the following workshops and skills labs:

Tuesday, November 12, 2020 – Fun With Forms! – REGISTER HERE

  • Come learn about or refresh your hand at using Deeds of Gift, Condition Reports, and Accession Forms – we’ll be quick, and you’ll leave with templates and brief instructions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 –  Conducting an Inventory – REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Managing Museum Volunteers I – REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Managing Museum Volunteers II – REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Managing Museum Volunteers III – REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – Scope of Collections – REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – Collections Policy – REGISTER HERE

Virtual Conversation Tables

Many of our buildings are closed to the public and most likely your day-to-day routine has changed. The Utah Museums Association and Utah Division of Arts & Museums are facilitating online conversations every Friday at 2 pm to keep you connected and share ideas about timely topics relevant to the museum community.

We appreciate all of you who have participated so far. We have decided to move these conversations to once a week. This is a new use of technology for many of us and as we expected there have been some bumps along the way but we will continue to make adjustments as needed.

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 virtual table conversation we will pull together resources shared with the group and add them here.

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Museum Services Professional Development Scholarships


The Office of Museum Services 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.

Apply Here

new museum directory update

We’re updating our state museum directory, and we need input from Utah’s museum community. Please click on the button below to open the PDF and find your organization’s name and information in the alphabetized list. If your information is incorrect, please email Emily Johnson with any updates at Thank you!

New Directory Update

old 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.

Old Museum Directory

Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museums Advocacy Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held March 10, 2020.


Jennifer Ortiz
Manager, Museum Services

Emily Johnson
Specialist, Museum Services