What’s new at #AAM2021

As part of #AAM2021, we are excited to introduce a host of new functions, features, and events that will help bring the energy of our in-person meeting to a virtual conference and create an incredible experience for all participants.

We’re Back for #AAM2021 In


Be inspired by, learn from, and connect with our colleagues across the field at #AAM2021.


Education & Inspiration

Our robust program includes three keynotes, three elevate stage sessions, over eighty concurrent sessions, and over thirty poster presentations to inspire you and give you the skills to help you and your museum build resiliency as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic together. The full program is now available and is subject to change.



Discover the latest technologies in the museum field and learn from the experts who are developing new services and products to help museums address their shifting needs and the needs of their communities. At #AAM2021, you will be able to use Smart-Match Appointments to ensure you save time while you search, and engage in live chat and video calls with exhibitors.


Networking Lounge

Enter the #AAM2021 Networking Lounge to gain access to our platform’s extensive chat functionalities. Look up other attendees and exhibitors to make new connections and set up chats or 1:1 video calls!


Networking Events

Meet, exchange ideas, and create long-lasting connections with colleagues across the world at any of our 15+ networking events! Space is limited for networking events that require pre-registration.* Event pre-registration will open April 15 for registered #AAM2021 attendees to select the Opening Event on June 7 and your choice of June 8 networking receptions. Events requiring pre-registration include:

» #AAM2021 Opening Networking Event on June 7
And your choice of three June 8 networking receptions: 
» Resiliency and the Future of Museums (theme determined by polls of you—our audience!) – Generously supported by Hadley Exhibits, Inc.
» Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Networking Event – Generously supported by Monadnock Media
» Emerging Museum Professionals Networking Event – Generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies


Coaching Pilot Program

As part of #AAM2021, we are excited to pilot a small new virtual coaching program. Attendees who registered prior to April 1 were able to indicate their interest in participating in this pilot during their registration process. Of those who indicated an interest in participating, 50 attendees will be selected at random to receive a coaching session with one of our expert coaches.**


Smart-Match Appointments

Save time by connecting with exhibitors through smart matching appointments that ensure the exhibitor you’re connecting with serves your needs and region.


Discussion Groups

Join any of a number of themed discussion groups based on your areas of interest throughout the conference.



Use your eBag to easily save the material you collect over the course of the conference. Collect contact information from new colleagues, handouts from presenters, posters, exhibitor resources, and more!

*Space is limited for networking events that require pre-registration, and attendees are encouraged to register early and update their registrations in the registration resource center on or soon after April 15 with their event selections. Additional networking events on June 9 do not require pre-registration and are not listed here.

**Due to the limitations of a small-scale new pilot program, space is limited. Those who indicated their interest during registration prior to April 1 will be notified by May 1 if they are among the 50 attendees selected at random to participate. Selected attendees will be sent a form to indicate their preferred coaches. Coaches include:

» Christy Coleman, Executive Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
» Elaine Heumann Gurian, Principal, Elaine Heumann Gurian, LLC
» Johnnetta B. Cole, National Chair and President, National Council of Negro Women
» Lori Fogarty, Executive Director, Oakland Museum of California
» Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President of Science, Equity, and Education, the Science Museum of Minnesota
» Rick West, President and Chief Executive Officer, Autry National Center of the American West
» Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, State of Minnesota
» Andrew Plumley, Senior Director of Equity & Culture, American Alliance of Museums
» Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President of Science, Equity, and Education at the Science Museum of Minnesota
» Eric Carpio, Chief Community Museum Officer, History Colorado
» Omar Eaton-Martinez, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Senior Fellow, American Alliance of Museums
» Levon Williams, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Consultant
» Makeba Clay, Horning Chair for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion, The Phillips Collection
» Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director (retired), Jewish Museum of Maryland
» Beth Tuttle, Managing Director, METStrategies for Leadership
» Kathy Mclean, Principal, Independent Exhibitions