AAM’s Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is the only event of its scope and scale. It brings together museums of all types and sizes—from art and history museums to zoos and botanic gardens—to share ideas and make connections that are transformative. It’s a place where all museum professionals learn from one another, create partnerships, and leave inspired to make an impact on their museums, communities, and the world.
During a time of constant change and experimentation, we are planning for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo (#AAM2021) to be a hybrid event with a robust virtual program and an optional in-person add-on. The virtual meeting will take place on May 24 and June 7-9, while the in-person add-on is scheduled to take place May 9-12 in Chicago, IL.
Registration will open in early 2021. Please review the FAQ below for more information. We look forward to seeing you at #AAM2021!
What are the dates for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?
We are planning for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo to be a hybrid event with a robust virtual program and an optional in-person add-on. We are committed to providing a highly engaging and interactive virtual meeting taking place on May 24 and June 7-9. The in-person add-on is scheduled to take place May 9-12 in Chicago, IL, with the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and staff as our top priority.
When and how will it be decided if an in-person component in Chicago is possible?
We are committed to continuing to monitor changes and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the city of Chicago, working closely with our partners in Chicago to determine how to safely hold the in-person event and at what scale, and keeping you informed as details develop. We appreciate your patience in this rapidly changing environment.
What is the theme for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?
The theme for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is Resilient, Together. You can learn more about the theme on our website here.
What does a virtual Annual Meeting look like?
If you didn’t attend #AAMvirtual in 2020, you can learn more about what our attendees said and get a sense of what that platform looked like. We are working diligently to provide you with an enhanced and extraordinary Annual Meeting experience in 2021 that includes robust programming; more opportunities for connection and engagement; and a new, innovative, and dynamic virtual platform. We’ll share more about what’s to come for 2021 in the coming months. Stay tuned!
When will registration open?
Registration will open in early 2021. You can use this form to sign up for updates about the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, including when registration opens.
How much will registration cost?
Registration pricing is being evaluated and will be determined based on a number of factors including the costs of the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and the needs of our field during this time. As a nonprofit organization, conference registration fees support our actual meeting costs and our year-round advocacy; critical research for the field; and the development of thousands of free and low-cost tools, programs, and resources for museum professionals, such as our free COVID-19 resources.
Will there be a discounted rate for those who are unable to pay the full registration price?
Registration pricing has not yet been determined. However, we are committed to providing a discounted rate for those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic as we did for #AAMvirtual earlier this year.
Can I make a donation towards discounted rates for those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic?
Thank you for your generosity! Yes, you can make a donation towards discounted Annual Meeting registrations by visiting our website, here.
I transferred my registration or the balance of my registration from the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo or #AAMvirtual to 2021. What should I do next?
Thank you for transferring your registration to the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo! There is nothing further for you to do at this time. Once registration has opened in early 2021, you will automatically be registered for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. If you have a balance due or balance remaining, you will be contacted via email with more information about your options. We are unable to process any changes until registration opens. We greatly appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate the opportunities and challenges presented by our current environment.
Will there be a call for proposals for 2021?
Yes, there will be a call for proposals open on November 4-30. Learn more on our website, here.
What will happen to my accepted submission that was deferred from the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?
Presenters who submitted a proposal for the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo and were not transferred to #AAMvirtual earlier this year have been contacted to indicate their interest in presenting at #AAM2021. Presenters were required to respond by October 16 to express their interest. The National Program Committee will re-review these session proposals to determine how they might address our current environment.
If I am unable to present my accepted 2020 session proposal in 2021, will my proposal be rolled over to 2022 for consideration?
There will not be an automatic rollover of 2020 proposals to the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. You will be able to submit a new proposal during the 2022 open call for proposals.
If I indicated my interest in presenting my session for the 2021 meeting or if I plan to submit a new session proposal, when will I know if my session has been accepted?
Notifications will be sent in late December 2020.
Will there be poster presentations at the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?
Yes, there will be poster presentations at #AAM2021. Poster proposal submissions can be submitted during the open call for proposals November 4-30 on our website, here.
Where can I receive more information about submitting a session or poster proposal?
You can find more information on submitting a proposal on our website, here.
I transferred my booth from the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo to 2021. What are my options?
Thank you for transferring your booth to the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo! We are using a new, highly interactive virtual platform for 2021 and are still assessing all of the options available to exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors. If you opted to transfer your booth, an AAM staff member will be in touch with your options. You can also contact Shelon Atwater with any specific questions at email@example.com.
I transferred my sponsorship from the 2020 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo to 2021. What are my options?
Thank you for transferring your sponsorship to the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo! We are using a new, highly interactive virtual platform for 2021 and are still assessing all of the options available to exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors. If you opted to transfer your sponsorship, an AAM staff member will be in touch with your options. You can also contact Shelagh Grimshaw with any specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register to exhibit and what are the rates for 2021?
Exhibition booth registration will likely open by the end of December when rates have been determined. You can use this form to sign up for updates about the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo including when booth sign-up opens.
My question isn’t listed here. Who do I contact?
If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns that are not addressed in this FAQ, we encourage you to contact us via this form. While we won’t be able to respond to every question or comment, we will use your feedback to inform and update this FAQ. Thank you!