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The world is better because of museums, and museums are better because of AAM.

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 in these areas is supported by our dedicated members and allies, and the generosity of a number corporations, foundations, and other grant makers that also believe in museums remaining part of the fabric of our communities. Support AAM and make an impact in your community, and our nation, with a gift today.

Advocacy: Speak up for Museums

South Carolina museum advocates meet with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2).
South Carolina museum advocates meet with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2).

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

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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.


New Orleans, LA - AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo 2019 - Attendees during AAM Scholarship and Getty Fellowship Recipients Breakfast at the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting at the Ernest Morial Convention center here today, Monday May 20, 2019. Since 1906 the Alliance has been a leader in developing best practices and advocating for museums, as well as providing a host of opportunities to museum staff and volunteers. Photo by © AAM/Todd Buchanan 2019 Contact Info:

The Alliance is committed to cultivating diverse leaders across the field and that means access to professional development and networking opportunities at our Annual Meeting. Support the Alliance Scholarship Program and help bring greater inclusivity to our our profession.

Nurture Museum Excellence

Image of a long arrow with points along the way that list the programs in the Continuum, including, membership, Museum Assessment Program, Core Documents Verification, Accreditation.Together, we nurture a culture of excellence. Help museums of all sizes that want to take it a step further. Your donation will allow us to support, motivate, and recognize our field’s ongoing commitment to professionalism, standards, and best practices.

Investigate all there is to know about the Continuum of Excellence and learn how museums can improve their operations and planning

Leadership and Research

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Our goal is to serve our members, partners, and our entire field, and we strive to make our industry not just better, but the best it can be. Support our innovative reports on the field, museum governance directive, and diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion initiatives that we hope will make a profound impact in our space.

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

Greatest Needs

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Family Day at AAM-accredited Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Photo by J Caldwell, Nasher Museum at Duke University

Membership dues cover only a portion of AAM’s annual budget. Your unrestricted support ensures that we continue to invest in areas where they are 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 and Museums Advocacy Day, as well as groundbreaking leadership projects and research initiatives. We know the best way to thank our institutional partners is to continue our good work, but we also want to highlight their visionary leadership here.

  • APS and APS Foundation
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Centene Corporation
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services
  • John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
  • National Museum of African American  History and Culture
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Getty Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Gifts, awards, or sponsorships of $50,000 or more received during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017

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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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Museums and Public Opinion

The news for museums is excellent. National public opinion polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly appreciate and recognize the work of museums as educational and economic assets to …

Museum Board Leadership 2017

Good governance is essential to the work of museum trustees and directors, providing the very foundation for the museum’s success. Together the board and the director set the direction of …

Museums as Economic Engines

Museums play an essential role in cultural and social life across the US. They tell our stories, preserve our heritage, interpret the past, and explore the future. In this way, museums …

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