Museums

Museums are an important part of their communities. Many museums provide support and opportunities for lifelong learning, making them an ideal source for citizenship education and outreach initiatives designed for immigrants interested in learning more about naturalization and to educate the general public about citizenship and immigration in the United States. Museums often encourage civic engagement as well, which can include not only learning about U.S. history and government, but also about what it means to be an active and responsible citizen. Additionally, museums may have historical displays, collections, and artifacts that are relevant to civics education and to the themes and content that immigrants preparing for citizenship need to learn for the naturalization test.

Through our joint effort with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we seek to support museums by offering public information and engagement opportunities, and by distributing educational materials and training resources on immigration and citizenship.

What Museums Can Do to Participate

  1. Join a webinar to learn how to support the path to U.S. citizenship. USCIS representatives will provide an overview of myUSCIS and its newest features including an overview of online filing for naturalization: April 10 from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern). Visit our registration page for more information.

  2. Include exhibits on citizenship and immigration, such as a display on the immigration experience, as part of larger museum programming. Incorporate artifacts from your collection to tell the story.

  3. Explore the list of available citizenship education resources on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center. Some key resources include:

  4. Host USCIS administrative naturalization ceremonies. Many museums feature beautiful spaces and ideal locations for hosting naturalization ceremonies. Ceremonies can be hosted at a full range of museum types – not only historic houses and history museums that might have a direct connection to U.S. history and government themes – but also children’s museums and art museums, as well as aquariums, planetariums, and zoos.

  5. Link to USCIS citizenship resources by adding a widget to your website. The USCIS widgets are small online applications in English and Spanish that can be embedded on social media sites, blogs, or other web pages to direct users to USCIS web content.

  6. Host a tour for a local citizenship class. Use the class locator tool on our website to find community-based organizations that serve immigrants and offer citizenship classes in your community. Invite the class to visit your museum as part of their citizenship curriculum.

  7. Attend or host a teacher training. USCIS provides free training workshops for adult educators on how to teach U.S. history and civics to immigrants.

  8. Contact IMLS or your local USCIS community relations officer (PDF, 51 KB) for further information and guidance on the support and opportunities available for museums.

  9. Sign up for free email alerts with important news and information from USCIS. First, enter your email address. Then, under the “Outreach” topic, put a check mark next to “Updates from USCIS-IMLS.”