Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street

The ability to tout a partnership with the Smithsonian created the ability to develop a brand new facility… we proved that there was a demand for a community cultural center.

–Chelsea Young, Director of the Mulberry Phosphate Museum

What is Museum On Main Street?

The Smithsonian is coming to town! MoMS is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. The program brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small and underserved towns across the state. This comprehensive program provides access to a network of state scholars, programmatic funding, and a wide variety of capacity-building opportunities.

Museum on Main Street is designed to:

  • provide access to state and national cultural resources;
  • increase visibility and capacity of small-town museums;
  • leverage partnerships for sustained impact in the community; and
  • enhance local pride in small towns

Participating MoMS sites receive:

  • A free-standing traveling Smithsonian exhibit
  • $5,000 for programming (i.e. – local exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, etc.)
  • A comprehensive Smithsonian press kit
  • Institutional capacity-building opportunities


This program is funded in part by the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Who is eligible to apply?

Non-profit Florida organizations (museums, historical societies, libraries, preservation groups, downtown development groups, governmental agencies, etc.) are invited to apply.

Become a Museum on Main Street Partner:

We are currently accepting applications to host Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit during its 2019-2020 tour of Florida.

Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal. The exhibit explores the heritage of sports in America and how it weaves into the fabric of our culture.

Basic site requirements:

  • Community of less than about 20,000 people – this requirement can be waived if the applicant demonstrates that it serves an underserved group within a larger community;
  • ADA compliant facilities that are secure and climate controlled;
  • Open to the public at least 25 hours per week;
  • At least 800 square feet of available exhibit space;

View the following documents to learn more about the program:

  • Review the full project description and site responsibilities | PDF
  • Review the RFP and application instructions | PDF

Apply Now


Hometown Teams

A short introduction to “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” created by Museum on Main Street with support from the United States Congress and in partnership with state humanities councils nationwide.

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