American Alliance of Museums

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American Alliance of Museums
American Alliance of Museums logo.jpg
AAM logo
Founded 1906
Type Non-Profit Association
Focus Museums, including professionals and volunteers
Area served
United States of America
Headquarters of AAM, Washington, DC

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), formerly the American Association of Museums, is a non-profit association that has brought museums together since its founding in 1906, helping develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and advocating on issues of concern to the museum community. AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future.

AAM is the only organization representing the entire scope of museums and professionals and nonpaid staff who work for and with museums. AAM currently represents more than 15,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, 3,000 institutions and 300 corporate members. Individual members span the range of occupations in museums, including directors, curators, registrars, educators, exhibit designers, public relations officers, development officers, security managers, trustees and volunteers.

Every type of museum is represented by the more than 3,000 institutional members, including art, history, science, military, maritime, and youth museums, as well as public aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers.

At the 2014 American Alliance of Museums conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced there are now at least 35,000 museums in the US.[1]


Strategic Plan[edit]

"The Spark" is the first strategic plan in AAM’s recent history. It articulates a vision for museums, the field and AAM. The mission highlights AAM's commitment to leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service.[3]

"The Spark" contains four goals: excellence, advocacy, sustainability and alignment.



  • Charles R. Richards (1923–27), director of Cooper Union
  • Laurence Vail Coleman (1927–58)
  • Joseph Allen Patterson (1958–67)
  • Kyran M. McGrath (1968–75)
  • Richard McLanathan (1975–78)
  • Lawrence L. Reger (1978–1986)
  • Edward H. Able (1986–2006)
  • Ford W. Bell (2007- )

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Government doubles official estimate - Institute of Museum and Library Services
  2. ^ "American Association of Museums Is Now the American Alliance of Museums". American Association of Museums. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Strategic Plan". American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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