About

The Museums are dedicated to being the preeminent international organizations devoted to the collection, education, study, exhibition, research, conservation, interpretation, preservation and documentation of telescopes, vacuum tubes and telescope and vacuum tube artifacts.

The Mission of the Museums is the preservation of the history and future of all things telescope and vacuum-tube.

We are two Federally-Recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations. Under US Federal 501(c)(3) status, the Museums’ National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code is A57, Science & Technology Museums.

Research and development began in 1994 for the foundations for the Museums, and were incubated beginning in 2007 by the Novum Institute. Various collectors and supporters have helped the Museums over many years building, restoring, testing, designing, collecting and donating. Dozens of people have donated over the past years and the Museums have an extensive collection of telescopes and vacuum tubes, equipment and instruments, and thousands of books, films, videos, journals, journal articles, technical reports, conference proceedings, rare books, special collections, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine articles, textbooks, microfiche, microfilm, photographs, etc.

The Museums are actively seeking one or more buildings in the Denver Metro area.

Our Strategic Plan includes developing Alliances with important organizations, and Membership and qualification for Accreditation by key Museums Associations.

  • The Museums are following the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) National Standards and Best Practices, collectively known as the Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums.
  • The Museums will apply for AAM Core Documents Verification.
  • The Museums will apply for all four of the AAM Museums Assessment Programs: Organizational Assessment, Collections Stewardship Assessment, Community Engagement Assessment, and Leadership/Governance Assessment.
  • The Museums will apply for full American Alliance of Museums Accreditation.
  • The Museums have committed to the AAM Pledge: The Museums pledges that, in fulfillment of our educational mission, we will strive to operate according to national standards and best practices to the best of our abilities and in accordance with our resources.
  • The Museums will apply to the Smithsonian Institution to become Smithsonian Affiliates.
  • The Museums will join the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
  • The Museums are following the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.
  • The Museums are following ICOM’s Standards and Guidelines.
  • The Library section of the Museums will also join the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
  • The Museums and our team are Members of
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
    • American Library Association (ALA)
    • American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
    • Electron Devices Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • The Museums and the Library will also consider joining other relevant important organizations, such as the Association of Science – Technology Centers.

The Museums are committed to important Key Policies, including:

  • Accessioning Policy
  • Accountants and Financial Statements Policy (Audited Financial Statements, Independent Accountant Preparation, Internal Committee Accountant Selection and Oversight)
  • Acquisition Policy
  • Board Policy (Board Meeting Minutes, Independent Voting Members, Voting Majority
  • Board, Officers, Executives, Staff and Interested Parties Compensation and Loans Policy
  • Collection Care and Use Policy
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Deaccessioning Policy
  • Donor Privacy Policy
  • Exhibits Policy
  • Facility Maintenance Policy
  • Facility Use Policy
  • Financial Resources Policy
  • Health and Safety of Staff and Visitors Policy
  • Human Resources Policy
  • Loans Policy
  • Material Diversion of Assets Policy
  • Natural Disasters and Hazards Policy
  • Opt-Out Donor Privacy Policy
  • Public Programming and Education Policy
  • Publications Policy (Board Members, Senior Staff, Audited Financial Statements, Form 990
  • Records Retention and Destruction Policy
  • Staff Evaluation Policy
  • Whistleblower Policy

Board of Directors:
Michael W. Brown, Director and President
Charles F. Bacon, Chair
Gretchen L. Jahn, Director
Michael S. Ruiz, Director

Mailing Address:
The Museums
8547 E. Arapahoe Rd J200
Greenwood Village CO 80112

Telephone: (303) 430-4886

Website: www.themuseums.org