Survey of Texas Museum Staff

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Who works in Texas museums? What led them to choose a museum career? What challenges have they faced? What are their concerns? These questions are at the heart of our survey of museum professionals in Texas.


In the last two years, museum professionals in Texas and beyond have faced unprecedented challenges. The pandemic led to widespread layoffs in the field while major political and cultural shifts highlighted the challenges confronting many museum professionals, especially those from underrepresented groups.


We are asking your help to establish a baseline of information about the museum workforce in Texas at all levels of the institution from front-line staff to senior management. We are conducting a demographic survey of staff working in Texas museums to better understand their needs and concerns. A survey of this type has never been conducted in Texas.


No personally identifiable data will be collected or transmitted. Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. Your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet, which could include illegal interception of the data by another party. If you are concerned about your data security, contact the principal investigators to receive a paper copy of the survey.


Survey results will be reported in the aggregate and made freely available through the Texas Association of Museums and the Baylor University Museum Studies Program. The principal investigators plan to present their findings at the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums.


If you are interested in helping us bring about change in our field, please complete the survey available online at: The survey will take the average user about 20 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open through January 31, 2023.


If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Dr. Julie L. Holcomb at or Ms. Rachael Nadeau Johnson at


Take the Survey Here