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We champion museums and nurture excellence. Never before has the need been so great for the Alliance to shine a spotlight on the importance of accreditation, advocacy, future trends, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and governance to secure the future of our country’s museums. Our leadership is supported by our dedicated members and allies, and the generosity of donors, sponsors, corporations, foundations, and other partners that also believe in museums remaining part of the fabric of our communities.

You too can make an impact in your community, and our nation, with a gift today!

Advocacy: Speak up for Museums

Three New Jersey advocates participate in Museums Advocacy Day.
New Jersey advocates participate in Museums Advocacy Day.

As fans of arts and culture, we all know about the educational and social impact of museums. Today, we are all about showing how they are economic engines too. Support Museum Advocacy Day and our year round advocacy work to keep essential local, state, and federal funding alive.

Learn more about AAM’s Advocacy efforts and our annual Museums Advocacy Day event in Washington, DC.

Center for the Future of Museums

What do we know about the future? Nothing is certain but we are working hard to predict how we might react to natural disasters, a failing criminal justice system, migration, and the rise of artificial intelligence (to name a few). Help us fund our work on convening critical thinking and planning as we aspire for a better future.

Read about the work of the Center for the Future of Museums and how AAM is helping the field think about and plan for a vibrant future.


Scholars and guests sitting at tables and networking at the Annual Meeting Scholarship Breakfast.
Scholars and guests networking at the Annual Meeting Scholarship Breakfast.

The Alliance is committed to cultivating leaders across the field with a broad range of perspectives. You can help us provide greater access to professional development and networking at our Annual Meeting through the Alliance Scholarship Program.

Nurture Museum Excellence

The Continuum of Excellence graphic starting with Membership, Pledge of Excellenced, Core Documents, Accreditation, and Museum Assessment Program.Together, we nurture a culture of excellence. Help us support, motivate, and recognize our field’s ongoing commitment to professionalism, standards, and best practices.

Learn how museums can improve their operations and planning through the Continuum of Excellence, and how our new initiative to diversify museum boards, Facing Change, is taking off.

Leadership and Research

Image: Report Cover and National Infographic from Economic Impact Study of US Museums


Our goal is to provide value to our members, partners, and our entire field. Support new research or the next landmark report and help make museums not just better, but the best they can be.

Dive deep into AAM’s Research and Reports to find the facts about museums.

Greatest Needs

Membership dues cover only a portion of AAM’s annual budget. Your unrestricted support ensures that we continue to invest in areas needed most to serve the field and respond to changing events.

Corporate, Foundation, and Other Grant Making Partners

Corporations, foundations, institutions, and other partners provide vital support for priority programs, including our Annual Meeting, Museums Advocacy Day, Facing Change, and other groundbreaking leadership projects and research initiatives.


For more information, please contact a member of the development team:

Arthur Affleck | Vice President, Development

Eileen Goldspiel | Director, Advancement

Evlyn Baker | Development Manager

Shelagh Grimshaw | Director of Development


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