Mission: To champion American museums and nurture excellence in partnership with members and allies.
About the Organization: Since 1906, the American Alliance of Museums has worked to strengthen leadership, advocacy, and collaboration in the museum field through the development of standards and best practices, advocating for issues that affect all museums, and providing opportunities to museum staff and volunteers. The alliance is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape and connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience — past, present, and future. AAM's current focus areas include advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of museum structure and programming; expanding the role of museums in an evolving ecosystem of P-12 education; and evolving museums' business models to ensure their financial sustainability.
Current Programs: AAM's accreditation and excellence activities encompass a continuum of standards-based assessment and recognition programs, including the Pledge of Excellence, the Museum Assessment Program, the Collections Assessment for Preservation program, Standards of Excellence for History Organizations, Core Documents Verification, and Accreditation. As part of its advocacy work, the organization issues advocacy alerts and publishes policy issue briefs and advocacy resources. The alliance also publishes research reports and offers advisory services and a speakers bureau. In addition, the Center for the Future of Museums, in collaboration with the museum community, works to monitor cultural, technological, political, and economic trends that matter to museums; equip museums to help their communities address future challenges; and build strong connections among museums and educational, corporate, civic, nonprofit, and government organizations.
Website: Visitors to the American Alliance of Museums site can search for member museums; access information about U.S. museums, including facts and data, collections stewardship policies, and how to start a museum; and/or keep up with the latest developments through the organization's blog or podcast. Museum professionals can check out a variety of professional development opportunities and career management resources, learn how to build their professional networks, and/or learn more about membership.