Skip to content

Posts

The Center for the Future of Museums Blog shares musings on the future of museums and society.

Education for Our Children

This is an excerpt from TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure. The full report is available as a free PDF download. “Given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be …

Right-Sizing the World

This excerpt is adapted from TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure. The full report is available as a free PDF download. “I don’t know why people feel unhappy when the curve of a …

Help Pioneer Better Measures of Museum Performance

What’s the best way to measure a museum’s success? And by “best,” I mean meaningful and sustainable. “Meaningful” in the form of metrics that will make a community feel it has been well …

Emergency Response in the Face of Disasters

This is an excerpt from TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure. The full report is available as a free PDF download. “There’s nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to …

TrendsWatch: this year’s report as a free, accessible PDF with copious links

Heads up! The 2024 edition of CFM’s annual forecasting report is now available as a free PDF download. TrendsWatch: Navigating a Volatile Future explores how museums can adapt to the …

Call for Proposals! Help Populate the Program of the Next Future of Museums Summit

Is your museum caught up in culture wars, striving to decarbonize the future, experimenting with artificial intelligence, or combating the loneliness epidemic? Those are the themes of this …

Museums with a Future: Prioritizing Climate Resilience to Respond to a Changing World

This year’s TrendsWatch report spotlights the urgent need for humanity to curb our carbon emissions if we are to stave off the worst extremes of climate change. The term …

A Growing Backlash to DEI

Do you remember seeing this picture attempting to illustrate the difference between equality and equity? Now it also illustrates the latest battleground in the new culture wars. While a …

Consensual Curation and Our Common Future

The best thinking about potential futures explores the full span of the Cone of Plausibility. By expanding our understanding of what is possible, we expand our choices regarding what is …

Join Me to Create a Future of Reparative Practice at AAM 2024

It’s 2044, and around the nation, and throughout the world, US museums are seen as valued stewards and honored partners in the critical work of supporting communities and preserving …

Recruiting the Future of the Future

I am very happy to announce that the Alliance is recruiting an Assistant Director for the Center for the Future of Museums. I hope you will broadcast that news, and help us find the person …

Your Guide to the Future at AAM 2024

Hello museum people—I hope to see you in Baltimore, MD, May 16-19 for the 2024 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. There are always so many great sessions on the program that a common quandary …
Show more stories in this category

Latest Stories from AAM

Where does my museum start with the new NAGPRA regulations

Category: Collections Stewardship
The following guidance was developed with the assistance of subject matter experts in the museum field. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), enacted in 1990, …

Subscribe to Field Notes!

Packed with stories and insights for museum people, Field Notes is delivered to your inbox every Monday. Once you've completed the form below, confirm your subscription in the email sent to you.

If you are a current AAM member, please sign-up using the email address associated with your account.

Are you a museum professional?

Are you a current AAM member?

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription, and please add communications@aam-us.org to your safe sender list.