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Get Involved With AAM

The American Alliance of Museums’ network of dedicated members contribute their expertise and ideas in a variety of ways to strengthen our field and develop their own skills and connections. Here are some of the many ways we invite you to get involved with AAM!

Connect and Learn

  • Become an AAM member—Members receive valuable benefits and resources that can help you be a more effective museum professional.
  • Join a Professional Network—Joining a Professional Network allows you to be a part of a specific community of individuals who care about similar areas of common interest.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting—The Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is your opportunity to explore the many ways museums serve as hubs of community activation and learning.
  • Attend Museums Advocacy Day—Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to share your views with policymakers on Capitol Hill—and hone your skills to make the case at the state and local level—that museums are essential.


  • Join the conversation on Museum Junction—Engage with others with similar jobs or interests, learn from your peers, get feedback and answers, share your expertise, offer your knowledge and experiences to help others resolve challenges.
  • Submit an idea for a blog post—If you have a great idea or topic you’re interested in, we welcome contributions from anyone with a profound interest in museums.
  • Share (or help us create!) new resources—We are always looking for great resources to share with the field. Share toolkits, sample documents, etc. that can be used as models, or contact us with ideas for what you’d like to help develop!
  • Submit an Annual Meeting session proposal— In submitting a proposal you are contributing to advancing the professional development and enrichment of your colleagues.
  • Submit a nomination for an AAM award—We take pride in recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to excellence within, and in support of, the museum field.


  • Become a Professional Network Leader—(visit PN pages for details) Organized around job responsibilities and areas of common interest, there are the 21 Professional Networks available to you as part of Individual Professional member benefits at no additional cost.
  • Become a Peer Reviewer—Gain professional development and the opportunity to give back to the field. With each site visit you interact with fellow professionals and learn how another museum is meeting its challenges.
  • Become an Accreditation Commissioner—If you have significant senior leadership experience and are committed to advancing museums and the field through the Accreditation Program and Continuum of Excellence, nominate yourself to become an Accreditation Commissioner.
  • Become an AAM Board Member—If you or someone you know has experience and expertise to help advance the Alliance’s Strategic Plan and can demonstrate service to AAM, museums or an allied field and you have an active individual Alliance membership, fill out a nomination form.

Take Action

  • Advocate—Nothing has a more powerful impact on members of Congress than hearing directly from constituents like you. There are many ways you can help make the case for museums.
  • Donate—Invest in the future of museums! Support AAM and make an impact in your community, and our nation, with a gift today.

AAM Member-Only Content

AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

  • Featured articles from Museum magazine
  • 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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