Top 9 International Art Museum Organizations

Professional Organizations for Art Museum Staff

Joining professional organizations is vital for career advancement, professional networking, sharing information and educational development.

If you work in an art museum, you may want to learn more about these art museum organizations listed below.

ICOM (International Council of Museums)

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ICOM (International Council of Museums) is the largest and most prestigious art museum organization in the world.

It was "created in 1946 by and for museum professionals. It is a unique network of almost 30,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community."

American Association of Museums

The American Association of Museums was founded in 1906, and "represents 3,000 institutions and more than 15,000 individual members who work in museums as registrars, curators, directors, exhibit designers, trustees, security managers, publicity officers, educators, etc."

The Association of Art Museum Directors

The Association of Art Museum Directors is an organization whose members are directors of non-profit art museums in the United States, Mexico and Canada and currently has 198 members.

The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Founded in 1980, The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries "is the leading educational and professional organization for academic museums, galleries, and collections."

"Renamed in 2010, the AAMG is an Affiliate Professional Organization of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and an affiliate of the College Art Association (CAA) and the Small Museum Association (SMA)."

Small Museum Association

"The Small Museum Association is an all volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond."

College Art Association

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association "includes among its members over 14,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual-arts professionals as individual members. Another 2,000 university art and art-history departments, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships."

The Association of Art Museum Curators

The Association of Art Museum Curators is an organization that assists museum curators by "creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement."

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA)

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) was founded in 1953 and provides services to museums in its 10-state region. Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming."

Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO)

"The Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO) is a professional network that exchanges knowledge, builds shared initiatives and develops strategic opportunities."