AAM 2024 FAQ

General Questions

What are the dates and the location for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?

The 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is taking place May 16-19, 2024 at the Baltimore Convention Center at 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Is the collapse of the Key Bridge going to affect the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?

On March 26, the city of Baltimore which will be hosting our Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo this year, experienced a major tragedy when the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship. Our thoughts are with the entire Baltimore community and we wish all of Baltimore’s residents safety. The city is still learning about the impact of the bridge collapse on traffic, but attendees have more than one route to get to the city that does not require transportation using the impacted bridge, including by way of I-95 or 295. The closure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge will not impede attendees from being able to enter the city. The city of Baltimore wants you to rest assured that they are ready to welcome you.

Will there be a virtual option for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?

There will not be a virtual option for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. Successfully executing a hybrid meeting for a conference of our size and scale would, according to industry standards, increase expenses by 100-150%; this is the equivalent to conducting two separate events simultaneously, each with their own logistics, expenses, and staffing needs (for example, the cost of internet service alone is exorbitantly high at convention centers). We work hard to keep registration costs as low as possible for our attendees, and while adding a virtual component may seem like it would allow more people to attend at lower costs, in reality, it could result in a conference that is unaffordable to many. We plan to record a select number of to-be-determined sessions, which will be available to AAM members.

What is the theme for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?

The AAM 2024 theme is Thriving Museums, Healthy Communities, with educational programming centering on four thematic tracks: Personal, Organizational, Community, and Society. Learn more about the theme.

Are any sessions being recorded?

This year, we are planning to record several sessions at AAM 2024. The General Session and Keynote on Friday, May 17 will be recorded and made publicly available. We plan to record a select number of to-be-determined sessions, which will be available to AAM members.

What steps are being taken to make AAM 2024 accessible?

While registering, you will be prompted to indicate any accessibility needs. This includes sign language interpreters, wheelchair accessibility (i.e. ramps, or lifts), or reserved seating in session rooms. We will follow up with you prior to the meeting to provide resources or obtain more information.

If you require an aide or personal assistant to help you navigate the Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, we will register your aide as a complimentary guest. We encourage registrants to include their accessibility needs on the registration form. Email meetings@aam-us.org to add an aide to your registration.

Additionally, there will be clearly marked assigned gender-neutral bathrooms throughout the Baltimore Convention Center.

For more information about general accommodations and wheelchair or scooter rentals, visit our accessibility page.

AAM 2024 Registration

When will registration open?

Registration is now open! Advanced registration rates end May 15. On-site registration is available through May 19. Register early to get the best rates.

I already registered. How do I get my badge?

Ahead of the Annual Meeting, you will receive your registration confirmation with a barcode that can be used to scan and pick up your badge at registration in the Baltimore Convention Center. You can also locate your confirmation and barcode in the Attendee Service Center after you’ve registered. Staff are able to assist you during the registration hours listed below:

Thursday, May 16: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 17: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 18: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 19: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

How do I register for events and pre- and post-conference workshops?

Registration for the Connect Event on Friday, May 17, 7:00 – 10:00 pm and the AAM Party on Sunday, May 19, 7:00 – 10:00 pm ticketed events will remain available for purchase until the time of the events.
If you have not yet registered, you will be able to add both the Connect Event and the AAM Party during your registration process.
If you have already registered and would like to add either of these event tickets to your existing registration, log into the Attendee Service Center and follow these instructions.

I’m no longer able to attend a ticketed event, how can I transfer it to another attendee?

1.) Log into Museum Junction. 2.) Make a post in the “Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo” thread below with your name and the event title and time. 3.) When/if someone expresses interest in the ticket, please respond by saying you authorize the ticket transfer to X person. If there are more than one commenters, please respond to the first person to share their interest. 4.) Once the swap has been completed by AAM staff, the thread will be closed and marked as completed.

I would like to attend a sold-out ticketed event, what is the best way for me to let other attendees know that I’m looking for an event ticket?

Please do NOT start a thread that you are looking for a ticket. This clutters up the site and makes it harder to find posts with available tickets. 1.) Log into Museum Junction on Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo thread to see if there is anyone posting with a ticket available to the event you want. 2.) When you find an available ticket, comment on the Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo thread and wait for confirmation that the ticket is authorized to be transferred to your name. 3.) Once you receive confirmation, come to the registration desk in the main lobby with the proof of transfer authorization. AAM staff will be able to complete the transfer onsite only.

Can I purchase event or pre- and post-conference workshop tickets without registering for the Annual Meeting?

You must be registered for AAM 2024 to purchase tickets for events and any pre- and post-conference workshops.

How are registration rates determined?

Registration rates can be found on our website, here. AAM Tier 3 Museum, Professional, Student, and Retiree members receive discounts on Annual Meeting registration. Your Individual membership status and your organization’s membership status can be verified by logging in to view your profile. If you need additional assistance regarding your membership contact our membership team by email at membership[at]aam-us.org or visit our website to become an AAM Member today and save $200 off your Annual Meeting registration! Professional memberships are $90/year.

Every year, we look forward to bringing an impressive cross-section of the museum field together for our Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo.  We learn so much from each other, and we make valuable interpersonal connections that are critical for moving our field forward.

A national conference of our size costs over $3 million over several years (in vendor and convention fees, AV, software, events, transportation, staff, etc.), and up to $850 per attendee. The average amount paid by attendees directly is $424—only about half of the real costs, thanks in part to our sponsors and supporters. We understand not everyone is able to afford the registration fee, and each year, we offer many free or deeply discounted registrations through scholarships and other opportunities.

We also know that to meet our full potential, our Alliance needs to hear from the broadest possible spectrum of people who work in our field – from emerging professionals to senior leaders, from large and small museums, and from a diverse array of individuals, particularly those in groups that are underrepresented in our field. For some, the costs of attending a conference may put this rewarding experience out of reach, and that means a lost opportunity not only for these professionals but for our field as a whole.  The more voices we can include, the better our results in tackling the challenges for our field and our future.

We will be offering scholarships and discounted registration opportunities, as well as volunteer opportunities with more information coming soon.

I’m a member, but I don’t see the discounted rate when I register.

Please log in with the login information associated with your individual profile. If you don’t have one yet, you can create one here. This profile can be connected to your museum’s account to access any available registration discounts. For more information on logins and profiles, please visit our membership FAQ page.

Please note, registration discounts apply only to AAM Tier 3 Museum, Professional, Retiree, and Student Members.

Is one-day registration available?

Yes, one-day registration is available. You can find all registration pricing information on our website, here.

When does Early Bird registration end?
Early Bird registration ended February 2. Advanced registration rates end on May 15.

Are there discounts for group registration?

Group registration opens February 3. We are offering a group discount to any organization bringing 5 or more staff to AAM 2024! After the 5th person of your group registers, each additional registrant will receive $100 off their full conference registration. The discount applies automatically and will become active on February 3. The registration platform will use your email address domain to determine if you are part of a group (e.g. @aam-us.org) to determine if you are part of a group. You can log in here to update the email address on your profile to ensure you are recognized as part of your museum’s group. Individuals with existing promo codes or other discounts are not eligible for additional discounts, but do count towards an organization’s group size minimum. Questions about group registration? Contact membership [at] aam-us.org

When does registration close?

There is no deadline to register for AAM 2024. However, the Early Bird registration rate deadline is February 2 and Advanced rates end May 15.

Are scholarship opportunities available?

Yes! The scholarship application period is open through February 2. You can learn more about our scholarship program here.

Can I make a donation towards opportunities for those who aren’t able to afford the full cost of registration?

Thank you for your generosity! Yes, you can make a donation towards discounted Annual Meeting registrations and scholarships by visiting our website, here.

What is your cancellation and substitution policy?

Cancellation requests must have been received by April 12, 2024 to receive a refund. The deadline for cancellation requests has now passed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another person, please send requests to amme_registration@goeshow.com.

  • All cancellation and transfer requests must have been made in writing via mail or e-mail by published cancellation dates. The Alliance is not responsible for cancellation or transfer requests that are incomplete or are not received.
  • A $75 processing fee will be applied to all cancellations and transfers, subject to the following terms and conditions.
  • Cancellation requests received before April 12, 2024 will receive a 100% refund on registration and event fees, minus the processing fee. No refunds of conference registration, event fees, or daily passes will be granted after April 12, 2024.
  • Registrants who are no longer able to attend the meeting may request a substitution by submitting their request in writing. The substitute must be from the same organization, and requests are subject to a $75 processing fee. Substitutions will be accepted through May 17, 2024. Upon receipt, the original registration rate and any event tickets purchased will transfer to the new attendee. Substitution requests will not be accepted after May 17, 2024.

AAM 2024 Call for Proposals & Program

Will there be a call for proposals for 2024?

The call for session and poster proposals has closed. Those who submitted proposals will receive notifications in January 2024.

If my session or poster proposal is accepted, will I receive a discounted presenter registration rate?

Yes, the presenter registration rate is $395.

One of my panelists is unable to attend the 2024 Annual Meeting in person, can they present virtually?

Unfortunately, we are unable to live stream presenters or presentations for the 2024 Annual Meeting. Please consider an alternate panelist, or pre-recording the absent panelist’s presentation and playing it as part of the in-person session.

When will the program be available?

Our schedule-at-a-glance and preliminary program are available now to help you plan your Annual Meeting experience. The full program will be available in the coming weeks.

AAM 2024 Exhibitors & Sponsors

When can I sign up for my booth and what are the rates?

MuseumExpo booth sales are now open. For MuseumExpo booth rates, please click here.

What is the booth assignment and priority point process?

Booth space for the conference is assigned in priority point order first – priority is given to previous exhibitors, and then on a first-come, first-served basis after all priority point assignments have been completed. Priority points are accumulated on a yearly basis using the following factors: MuseumExpo annual participation, booth size, and membership status.

Where can I find the Exhibit hall floorplan? 
You can view the MuseumExpo floorplan here

What days is the exhibit hall open?

The exhibit hall will open beginning on Friday, May 17, 2024 and closes on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Learn more about MuseumExpo activities in the schedule at a glance.

Who do I contact about exhibiting and sponsorship?

Visit this page to review the many options available to highlight your company as an exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser and for contact information.

I am a current exhibitor, where can I find information on exhibitor services, vendor services, and deadlines?

Please visit the exhibitor resource page for all things MuseumExpo.