Learn more about C.J. Roberts, the newest AAM Accreditation Commissioner

Joseph KlemExcellence, Featured1 Comment

A man stands with his hands folded smiling at the camera wearing a dark suit with a blue shirt and blue striped tie.

The following is an interview with newly appointed Accreditation Commissioner, C.J. Roberts, on what this new appointment means to him and the field.  1. You were part of the Tampa Bay History Center from its inception. Tell me how that experience has affected your view of Excellence programs in general, and accreditation in particular. The takeaway for me was to … Read More

Time and Space Self-Care Plan

Seema RaoDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

Drawing of a woman seated in a chair with three blank thought bubbles coming from her head.

Resolution-makers often accidentally set themselves up for failure. They set goals that are totally out of character. They imagine they will change a dozen bad habits overnight. When within a few weeks, they somehow remain unchanged, the failure creates a feeling of stasis. Basically, the whole element of resolution-making becomes a self-fulfilling failure. So, in this new year, these three … Read More

Top Ten Takeaways from the Museums & Schools: The LA Convening

Sage Morgan HubbardA World of Connections, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

A group of people stand outside the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History

Greetings, and Happy New Year! This is Sage Morgan-Hubbard and Megan Lantz from AAM writing to share some of our top takeaways from Museums & Schools: The LA Convening. AAM co-hosted this event with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Tuesday, November 28. Our aim was to spark dialogue about the central role museums … Read More

Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s MAP Experience

Susan ZwerlingAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

A view of the exterior of the Aurora Regional fire Museum with green copper accents.

Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM. I recently interviewed Aurora Regional Fire Museum (ARFM) Executive Director Brian Failing (BF) about the museum’s Community Engagement MAP experience.  He joined this small museum in Aurora, IL.  as their director in March 2016 and they began their first MAP in December 2016. The museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary in … Read More

Big Box: 8 Things to Learn from IKEA about Museum Design

David WhitemyerFeatured6 Comments

Image of the outside of an IKEA store.

During a recent holiday shopping excursion to IKEA, while resting on a NORSBORG series chaise and with a belly full of meatballs and lingonberry sauce, I took a few minutes to pretend I was in a museum rather than an overcrowded store. The showrooms were like small galleries, and each VARDAGEN drinking glass a priceless artifact. But sadly I failed … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 12/15/2017

Cecelia WallsFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

As many of us know, we are currently in the midst of Hanukkah. As I think of my friends and colleagues celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, I am reminded of the many Jewish Museums around the country dedicated to preserving and sharing this history, including the museums below. Many of the museums listed here are accredited through AAM. 1. … Read More

Receiving the Nancy Hanks award (and what the heck is professional development, anyway)

Emily GraslieFeatured0 Comments

Emily Graslie is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum

Emily Graslie is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago, and the host, creator, and writer for its educational YouTube series, The Brain Scoop @ehmee Around this time last year I received an email from Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums, notifying me that, my colleague and workshop … Read More

Don Wildman: Why does the Guggenheim Museum look the way it does?

Don WildmanFeatured0 Comments

In this second in a series, noted Travel Channel host Don Wildman, discusses why the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum looks the way it does. 1071 Fifth Avenue; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York; Architect Frank Lloyd Wright 1071 Fifth Avenue; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York; Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright called it “organic … Read More

Rescuing Puerto Rico’s Cultural Heritage

Janet VaughanFeatured, Global Thinking1 Comment

Janet Vaughan is Vice President, Membership & Excellence for the American Alliance of Museums.  Not one, but two powerful hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico in less than two weeks’ time in September. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed north of the island but left more than a million residents in darkness. Just a few days later, the threat of Hurricane Maria … Read More

Inviting Children In: Valuing The Youngest Museum Visitors

Cynthia Raso, Tiffany McGettigan, Meredith Osborne, Motoko HiokiFeatured, P-12 Education1 Comment

A group of students sit in front of a large artwork listening to a tour guide or teacher.

Is your museum seeking ways to activate its spaces with the enthusiasm of young learners? As museums strive to be more diverse and inclusive, museums of all types can embrace the larger movement to meaningfully engage young children. In an earlier article, members of the Smithsonian Early Learning Collaborative shared why this audience is critical in transforming museums into 21st century … Read More