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Certified Museum Program

From Page to Douglas, Quartzsite to Clifton, in every corner of the state, the Arizona Historical Society helps communities preserve and pass on their culture, folkways, and histories to school children, local residents, and tourists. Through our grants program, museum workshops, publications, history presentations, technical assistance, networking, the Arizona History Museum Guide and the Al Merito Awards, the Arizona Historical Society works with groups and individuals whose goals coincide with our mission to “Collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of Arizona and the West.”

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Certified Museums

To qualify as a Certified Museum, non-profit and tribal history museums in Arizona must be self-governing non-profit organizations that are open at least 208 hours per year. In addition to funding eligibility, the Society provides the Certified Museums and other history-related organizations with technical support, workshops, presentations, networking, and visibility on our web site. Click here for a list of Certified Museums. If your museum is interested in certification, please review the AHS Certified Museum Profile and Explanation.

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Grants Program

Each year Certified Museums may apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to use for projects pertaining to the preservation and exhibition of Arizona history. The Arizona State Legislature provides appropriations for this purpose, and a generous gift from the Arizona History Convention adds to that sum. Applications are mailed to Certified Museums in April and the application deadline is June 30th.

Qualified museums may download Guidelines and the Application Form below. Grantees must file a final report by June 8th of the following year. The Final Report Form can be downloaded below.

Application Form
Final Report Form  

2018 Certification, Review, and Verification Form  
2018 Recertification, Review, and Verification Form  

Resources for Certified Museums