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Independent Museum Professionals Network

Consultant, freelancer, independent professional, those making a career from multiple institutions. There are many names for those who don’t fall under the umbrella of a single institution, but instead are doing their best to hold umbrellas over their own heads.

Independent museum professionals come from every corner of the museum field – educators, curators, registrars, exhibit designers, fundraisers, public relations, etc. – and have common needs that go beyond their content specialty. This Professional Network aims to help fill those gaps.

The purpose of this network is:

  • to have a place where independent museum professionals can connect and ask questions of others who do this kind of work both at in-person events and through digital forums
  • to help the wider museum field understand how to effectively find and use independent museum professionals by providing printed and digital resources, workshops and networking events
  • to help independent museum professionals find targeted professional development that will help people at each stage of their careers by collaborating with other groups both inside AAM and externally
  • to collaborate with other Professional Networks on programs that benefit ALL museum professionals and support institutions in their use of independent museum professionals


The Independent Museum Professionals Network provides a central hub of resources, knowledge, and connections. It actively works to support independent museum professionals, to strengthen the relationship between independent museum professionals and museums, and to advance the museum field.

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