Museum Makeover is a new effort designed to improve the visitor experience at cultural heritage organizations throughout Connecticut. Successful applicants receive two free site visits from a team of traveling museum curators who will examine the exhibit areas, period rooms, or collection storage areas and develop a plan to improve these areas and elevate the visitor experience. Members of these cultural heritage organizations will be actively involved in all phases of Museum Makeover and will work closely with the Traveling Curators to implement the recommendations. Each participating institution will also receive up to $3,000 to help cover the costs of upgrading exhibition and storage areas. In addition, all participants will receive a free consultation with a marketing professional who will provide guidance on how they can promote the transformations completed through the Museum Makeover program.
15 organizations received Museum Makeover grants in 2022. To learn more about their projects and see photographs of the results, visit the Conservation ConneCTion website.
The 2023 round of Museum Makeover grants is now open for applications. Please visit the Conservation ConneCTion website for more information about the program and how to apply. Applicants will use the CT Humanities grant portal to submit their applications.
Watch the recording of our info session to find out more about year two of Museum Makeover.
Questions? Contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov.
Museum Makeover is a program of Conservation ConneCTion and is supported through a partnership with the Connecticut League of History Organizations and funded by a grant from the CT Cultural Fund. The CT Cultural Fund is administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.