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Resource Library (beta)

The AAM Member Resource Library provides more than 2,000 how-to guides, articles, and tools to help you excel at standards and best practices and operate a thriving, sustainable museum. Navigate to each category’s page below to explore! Take a peek inside new features of the Resource Library.

What’s next? Our newly redesigned resource library is in beta, with additional features, including search functions, coming soon! Help us make it better by completing this brief survey on your experience.

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Tell policymakers why they should support your museum and communicate the impact of our field.

Audience Engagement & Visitor Experience

Reach new audiences and enhance experiences.

Career Management

Find your path in the museum field, whether you’re just starting out or advancing to the next level.

Collections Stewardship

Protect the objects under your care while promoting access to the public and ethics.

Community Engagement

Serve your museum’s communities by building and nurturing deep, reciprocal relationships.

Curatorial Practice

Study, safeguard, display, and spark and build dialogue around objects and ideas.

Development & Membership

Secure philanthropic support and create rewards programs.

Digital Content & Technology

Adopt digital tools for more engaging and accessible experiences.

Disaster Planning & Risk Management

Promote safety and minimize risk to people, facilities, and collections.

DEAI & Anti-racism

Make your museum more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive for staff and visitors.

Education & Interpretation

Promote understanding of your museum’s subject matter.


Plan, develop, design, and install showcases of objects and information that spark curiosity and wonder.

Facilities & Operations

Maintain safe, orderly, accessible, and well-functioning buildings and grounds.

Funding & Business Models

Identify sources of income and balance expenses.

Future of Museums

Track trends, devise strategies, and plan for a better future through AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums.

Governance & Leadership

Set direction, obtain resources, and ensure impact.

Health & Well-being

Nourish your community and staff through programs, policies, and experiences.

Marketing, Communications, & PR

Increase public awareness and relevance of your museum.

Mission & Strategic Planning

Set priorities to guide your work.

Public Programming

Deepen understanding with activities and experiences for all learning styles.

Social Impact

Make a difference by building strong, inclusive, and resilient communities.

Volunteer Management

Recruit, onboard, support, and create policies and procedures for volunteers.

Workforce & Labor

Recruit, hire, and care for the staff that make your museum possible.

All Resources

Not sure where to start? The ability to browse all resources across topic areas is coming soon.

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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