Standards and Best Practices

Benchmarks, guidelines and avenues for recognition.

Continuum of Excellence

Learn about steps you can take toward excellence.



The goal of our research program is to provide sound and current data to support the Alliance, its members and the museum field. We conduct and commission original research about America's museums, collect and synthesizesbenchmarking data, monitor external research and collaborate with other organizations on research projects of interest to our members and the field.

Current Efforts

Recent Reports

Annual Condition of Museums and the Economy Reports

Current Focus

  • Economic impact of museums
  • Economic performance of museums in a weak economy
  • Museum construction and expansion
  • Museums and community engagement
  • National salary study
  • Role and impact of museums in K-12 education