Museum on Main Street
Museum on Main Street provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits.
Georgia Humanities hosts Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibitions for the state of Georgia through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibitions tour the state, stopping at each local host community for approximately six weeks. Host communities are selected through a competitive application process.
Host sites have been selected for the next exhibition, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, which will begin touring Georgia in March 2016.
What is MoMS?
MoMS is a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. It is a partnership of SITES, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and state humanities councils nationwide. Museum on Main Street combines the prestige of Smithsonian exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns. Museum on Main Street is funded by the United States Congress.
Why is MoMS needed?
One-fifth of all Americans live in rural areas, and one-half of all U.S. museums are located in small, rural towns. Though rural museums demonstrate uncanny enthusiasm for local heritage, they have the fewest opportunities for funding or technical assistance of any segment in the museum field. MoMS provides these institutions with access to otherwise scarce resources and assists them in making lasting improvements that advance their institution's ambitions.
What are the mission and objectives for MoMS?
MoMS combines cultural resources at federal, state, and local levels to provide high-quality educational events to underserved rural citizens and to spark lasting professional improvement for small town museums.