We champion equitable and impactful museums

by connecting people, fostering learning and community, and nurturing museum excellence.

The American Alliance of Museums is the only organization representing the entire museum field, from art and history museums to science centers and zoos. 

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Latest Accreditation Awards Announced! Thirty-three museums achieve Accreditation and Re-accreditation. Learn more.

The Impact of Museums

  • 726,000

    American jobs are supported by the museum field

  • $50 Billion

    is contributed to the U.S. economy each year by museums

  • 35,000

    museums are in all communities across the U.S., with 20% in rural areas

  • 96%

    of Americans want legislators to maintain or increase federal funding for museums


2024 AAM Awards Announced

Ten institutions and thirteen individuals are being recognized for their exemplary work in the museum field. Awards will be presented at the 2024 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Baltimore, May 16-19, 2024.

New Resource: How to Write a Bio

AAM Member Benefit
A new tipsheet in the AAM Member Resource Library can help you write a bio that not only introduces you, but stands out.

Save the Date

The Future of Museums Summit will be back in 2024! Mark your calendars for October 29-30.

New Issue of Museum Magazine Out Now

AAM Member Benefit
Featuring articles on innovative volunteer programs, personal stories of impact, and effective strategies for engaging and retaining volunteers, the March/April issue of Museum delves into the numerous ways volunteers are integral to the cultural and educational missions of museums nationwide. Members now have access to the digital copy. Not a member? Join today or purchase a subscription to Museum.

Upcoming Events

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We’re in the business of forever, in perpetuity, but that doesn’t mean museums will stay the same. AAM provides us with a lens on the change, allowing us to be more sensitive, to anticipate, and to be more effective in all we do.

Doug Jones, Director, Florida Museum of Natural History

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AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

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  • Access to more than 1,500 resource listings from the Resource Center
  • Tools, reports, and templates for equipping your work in museums
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