Skip to content


Museums of all kinds are critical educational, cultural, and scientific institutions in our society, but the value of our work is not always fully understood. The American Alliance of Museums helps museums tell the stories of their important activities and contributions and promotes a deeper understanding of museums with policymakers, the press, and the public.

COVID-19 Advocacy for Museums

There’s never been a more critical time to advocate for museums and your role in the field. The Alliance has been working hard to advocate for the museum field, and provide you the resources needed to let your legislators know the impact the pandemic has had on you and your museum, and how museums are continuing to serve their communities. During this time more than 62,000 messages have been sent to Congress over the Alliance’s online advocacy tools – messages that continue to be critical to securing important financial relief and resources for museums. Please use the information and links below to learn more about the Alliance’s advocacy for museums and ways you can advocate today.

Alliance Advocacy Alerts

Additional Resources, Guides, and Data

More Ways to Speak up for Museums Now:

Also Available:

Ways to Advocate Today

Alliance Advocacy Alerts

  • Your voice matters. Members of Congress carefully consider input from their constituents when making policy decisions and casting votes. See recent calls-to-action and stay up-to-date on opportunities to weigh-in with your federal legislators. Email us to sign up for Alliance Advocacy Alerts.

Policy Issues

  • The Alliance closely monitors a variety of legislative and policy issues that affect museums. See our Issue Briefs, testimony and related materials on key issues affecting museums, including funding for grantmaking federal agencies, tax incentives for charitable giving and education policy.

Introduce Your Museum to Your Members of Congress

  • This is a critical and valuable time to let your federal legislators know about the work you are doing in the community and the ways you can be a resource to them. Start with our template and personalize to share additional information about your work or your museum. It takes just a few clicks to make that first important contact.

Learn More About Museums Advocacy Day

  • Museums Advocacy Day, in Washington, D.C., is a unique opportunity to join with other museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. A new Congress has convened, facing an enormous list of timely policy debates, including support for museums. Together as a field we’ve defeated several threats to eliminate or de-fund federal agencies supporting museums, but we must keep making our case.

Access Advocacy Resources

  • The Alliance offers a wide variety of resources for building your own advocacy skills, learning about Congress, making your case effectively, and getting involved in advocacy for museums.

Download and Share Critical Data

  • Museums as Economic Engines: Did you know that the total economic contribution of museums in 2016 amounted to more than $50 billion in GDP, 726,200 jobs, and $12 billion in taxes to local, state, and federal governments? Get the full, free report and download the your state’s infographic.
  • Museums & Public Opinion: National public opinion polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly appreciate and recognize the work of museums as educational and economic assets to their communities. Even more, Americans broadly support federal funding of museums and approve of lawmakers who take action to support them. The data speaks clearly, Americans value the museums in their communities.
  • Museum Facts Infographic: See and share key facts about museums’ economic impact and how they support and partner with schools and serve their communities.

Stand for your Mission: Engage Your Board in Advocacy

Cover Image: Stand for your mission reportDownload our report and discussion guide on how your museum and trustees can be more effective at integrating advocacy into the work of your board. Download your copy of Stand for Your Mission now.

And visit our Trustee Resource Center for additional information about working with your museum’s trustees.

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
Log In

We're Sorry

Your current membership level does not allow you to access this content.

Upgrade Your Membership

Legislative Updates and Museums Advocacy Day 2022

Advocacy Alert – October 29, 2021 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Help Preserve Museum Jobs: Tell Congress to Retain the Employee Retention Tax Credit for Nonprofits Good News: …

Speak Up for Museums – OMS Funding, Invite Congress, and NCN Special Report

Advocacy Alert – July 7, 2021 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Act Now: Contact Congress in Support of FY 2022 OMS Funding Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum: Top 4 Reasons to …

FY 2022 Appropriations & Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum

Advocacy Alert – June 16, 2021 Urge Your Representative to Support the Office of Museum Services (OMS) As reported in our last Alliance Advocacy Alert, the Alliance continues its …

AAM Nonprofit Voter Resources Guide – Yes You Can!

Click to download the “AAM Nonprofit Voter Resources Guide – Yes You Can!” in PDF format. The Alliance encourages museums to engage in nonpartisan voter engagement activities. …

When a Private Museum Has Massive Public Support

Even before the 2008 financial collapse only 56 percent of museums received support from local government, and that funding made up about 10 percent of their overall operating budget. The …

Backcasting: Or, how to apply 20:20 hindsight to museum planning

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’ says the White Queen to Alice.” ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to …

Subscribe to Field Notes!

Packed with stories and insights for museum people, Field Notes is delivered to your inbox every Monday. Once you've completed the form below, confirm your subscription in the email sent to you.

If you are a current AAM member, please sign-up using the email address associated with your account.

Are you a museum professional?

Are you a current AAM member?

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription, and please add to your safe sender list.