Join the Alliance

Membership is the foundation for excellence and unites the field.


Standards and Best Practices

Benchmarks, guidelines and avenues for recognition.


We've Given AAM Another Look.
You Should, Too. 

After more than 100 years as the American Association of Museums, the organization is adapting and evolving to play a more central role in advancing the cause of museums. As the American Alliance of Museums, we are working to unite the country’s museums from A to Z, art museums to zoos and everything in between, to make a broader impact.  

Why the Change?

Membership Changes at a Glance

  • Tiered institutional membership so you can choose your level of engagement and benefits
  • Dues based on your museum’s staff size, or what you can pay, so all museums can belong
  • An all-staff package of individual memberships at one low price
  • An opportunity to pass on discounts (20-50% off) to staff to purchase individual memberships
  • A new, easy-to-navigate website with thousands of resources to help you and your museum succeed
  • Access to 22 professional networks at no additional cost for Individual Professional members

The Continuum of Excellence

Multiple entry points and customized assistance to reach higher levels of recognition. 

  • Two new programs to prepare for accreditation—Core Documents Verification and the Pledge of Excellence—encourage professionalism through standards of excellence and recognition of participating museums with different levels of achievement
  • A streamlined, online accreditation program taking about 50% less time to complete
  • Cooperative partnerships with other museum associations reducing the time and steps needed to become accredited