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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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Call for Proposals Open! Present at the 2024 virtual Future of Museums Summit. 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

Highlights

TrendsWatch: Navigating a Volatile Future

This year the report explores volatility—strategic foresight parlance for the speed of change. That speed has been increasing exponentially in recent decades.

New Resource: Collections Management Form Templates

AAM Member Benefit
How well-documented are your museum’s collections? With our comprehensive bundle of 11 museum collections management forms, ensure efficient record-keeping. Download templates for: an acquisitions, accessions, cataloging, condition and damage reporting, deaccessioning, and loans. Tailor them to fit your museum, and download them individually or as a complete bundle of eleven essential templates.

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
The May/June issue of Museum brings you an in-depth look into many of the deep insights, ideas, and exploration that were shared at the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in May. Preview the issue for insights on personal, organizational, and societal wellbeing that are at the crux of the AAM 2024 theme, Thriving Museums, Healthy Communities. 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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  • 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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