Museums and Cultural Centers are anchor institutions in Alaskan communities of every size. They educate children and adults and contribute to a sense of place and identity. They contribute to our economy and wellbeing through employment and cultural tourism.
The Valdez Museum is much more than a place that stores historic relics or beautiful works of art. We encourage economic growth and place a high value on our education programs. We impact the economy by employing 10 – 12 people from our community annually. We spend over $1,208,500 each year on goods and services in our community annually. We serve over 20,000 visitors annually. And we reach close to 3,000 school children each year through on site and off site programs. To learn more about how the Valdez Museum and museums around the state support a vibrant economy, ….
There is excitement in the air at the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive. Like all complex institutions today, museums require planning if they are to meet both the demands within their walls – the inherently growing collections – and the changing needs of their public, both actual and potential. That is why the Valdez Museum is entering into a Pre-planning phase. The goals of museum planning are; to provide space and facilities that are both aesthetically pleasing and effective in preserving and interpreting museum collection for museum visitors; to establish and/or maintain an institution which can perform these function efficiently and sustainably. Pre-planning is the process of developing sufficient information for owners and funders to assess risk and decide to commit resources to maximize the chance for a successful project.
This is your Museum and we are looking for members to get involved in the Pre-planning process. On January 15th 2015 we approved the formation of a Building Committee. This group will be made up of representatives of the Board, Staff and City of Valdez representatives. Please let us know if you would like to get involved with the committee. We cannot do it alone. We want to make sure that the concept plans meet the needs of our members and stakeholders. The future is bright. We look forward to the growth and expanded programming that is certain to take place over many years to come.