2024 Recap


Thank you for joining us for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and making the experience unforgettable. Nearly 4,000 attendees from around the world came together to demonstrate the vital role that thriving museums play in nurturing healthy communities.

We hope you join us next year for the 2025 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Los Angeles!

Thank you from all of us at AAM,
Marilyn, Brooke, Megan, Grace, Elizabeth, Natanya, Dean, Cecelia, Joseph, Rachel, Sakina, Carys, Jennifer, Eileen, Michelle, Susan, Tiffany, Tieyara, Julie, Diya, Danyelle, Brianne, Martha, Carol, Amy, Vanessa, Barry, Alana, Joshua, Anthony, Carlos, Ryan, Shelon, Grace, Kristin, Kyle, and Ren

Access the AAM 2024 Photo Album

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Watch the Keynote and General Session ↗

Recordings and transcripts of the opening general session and the keynote are publicly available.

Revisit the Exhibitors from MuseumExpo ↗

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What attendees are saying

“I LOVED the conference. Met so many interesting and kind people. The whole experience exceeded my expectations and I’ve been telling everyone how great AAM is. Thank you!”

Samantha Kalita
Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro

Having a great time at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting. I have met some wonderful museum professionals, and tools to take back with me as a professional.

Makenzee Brown
Louisiana State Museum

It’s been an incredible and inspiring few days at the American Alliance of Museums conference. Looking forward to one last day of shared knowledge tomorrow!

Eleni Leventopoulos
Biggs Museum of American Art

Day 3 of AAM 2024 and we’re soaking up every bit of it! From insightful meetings to exploring the beautiful host city, it’s been an incredible journey.

Wrapping up the 2024 American Alliance of Museums conference today with a fascinating presentation about a research partnership between the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Public Schools. After two decades of attending all kinds of education conferences (AERA, Teacher Prep, licensure, policy, SXSW Edu, international comparisons, etc.) I’m struck by how different this conference has been. Attendees understand that measurement provides evidence and includes qualitative measures. Collaborating, not commiserating. There’s a strong sense of partnerships, learning from each other, and adapting learnings to local contexts. The elevated level of discourse is something I’ve been missing for a long time. There’s depth to the discussions, rather than a scattered surface-level peppering of buzzwords. I look forward to connecting with more new colleagues in museums, learning from you, and exploring new partnerships.

A warm welcome to new CEO Marilyn Jackson who delivered an engaging and inspiring opening speech for our opening general session. We all look forward to working with you as we continue to showcase the importance of museums and cultural institutions for the health and vitality of our nation. I look forward to the rest of this year’s annual conference… it promises to be a memorable and impactful next several days. Well done American Alliance of Museums!

Frederic Bertley

Fantastic panel on “Museum Leaders Making Way for Gen Z” at the American Alliance of Museums this afternoon. It is refreshing hearing museum leaders so engaged with younger workers and audiences in their institutions.

Jessica Thelen

“It was such a pleasure meeting you as well as other leaders in the AAM. For me, the conference was filled with thought-minded presentations, insight, and connections that can bring museums forward in these challenging times.

Thank you

Every year, the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is organized by the dedicated AAM staff, Content Advisory and Local Host Committees, and volunteers. To make this event possible, registration fees cover a portion of the conference costs. The difference is made up by the generous support of our sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers that invest in museums, the field, and you.

Thank you for making the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo such a meaningful, educational, and inspiring experience.

Don’t forget to save the date for May 6-9, 2025 when we reconvene in Los Angeles for the 2025 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo!

Local Host Committee


Thank you to over 300 presenters from across the museum field and beyond who shared their expertise, experiences, and advice to help everyone continue to play their role in advancing the field. 

Content Advisory Committee

The Content Advisory Committee (CAC) is a diverse group of experts from across the field that evaluates content for the Annual Meeting each year. The CAC meticulously reviewed and selected sessions in various topic areas and addressed the current educational needs of our attendees.

» Learn more about the members of the 2024 Content Advisory Committee.


AAM volunteers contribute to the Annual Meeting’s success in so many ways. From organizing engaging events and meet-ups to helping attendees navigate the meeting smoothly, our volunteers are dedicated, welcoming, and spirited individuals who help to ensure the best possible experience for all attendees. 


Of course, the Annual Meeting is possible thanks to the thousands of museum professionals who attend. Whether you’ve attended the Annual Meeting for twenty years or this was your first, thank you for being a part of, and supporting, this critical gathering for our field.


From supporting scholarships and networking events for the field, to powerful keynotes and concurrent sessions, so many facets of the annual meeting are supported by our sponsors. We thank these organizations and individuals that have generously supported the museum community and our 2024 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo.

» Visit all our 2024 Sponsors to show your support!



Alongside your AAM 2024 experience, our generous advertisers were with you every step of the way. We thank them for their support! You may have spotted them on the Annual Meeting app and in the AAM 2024 Product Preview Guide as part of the May/June issue of Museum magazine.


People & Land Acknowledgement

Every community owes its existence to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hopes of better lives, some were forced from their homelands, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Honoring truth is essential to building a just and equitable world. While acknowledgment is important, it is only a beginning.

We acknowledge the Piscataway people, on whose ancestral lands the American Alliance of Museums’ office and Baltimore, the city we celebrate during this Annual Meeting, are located.

Please take a moment to consider the many realities of violence, displacement, migration, and colonization as we gather together for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. We must hold ourselves accountable for the necessary work to uncover truths in the museum field and beyond. We encourage you to use this native lands map so you can learn what lands you occupy—visit: native-land.ca.

The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion equitable and impactful museums by connecting people, fostering learning and community, and nurturing museum excellence.