Register for #AAM2022

2022 AAM Annual Meeting
& MuseumExpo

Boston | May 19-22

Registration for the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is opening in January 2022!

See below for Registration Rates, Discounted Registrations, Scholarships, Group Rates, and more.

Registration includes full access to all four days of sessions, networking opportunities, and MuseumExpo; plus access to all session recordings for thirty days after the conference has ended. Registration opens in January 2022.

Registration Type Early Bird Rate (through March 11) Regular Rate (March 12-May 21)
Full meeting $695$795
Full meeting – member rate*
(professional, retiree, and Tier 3 museum staff)
$495$595
Group rate
(for groups of 6+ from the same organization)
$70 off each individual registration$70 off each individual registration
Presenter rate$395$395
Student member rate$250$250
Exhibitor rate (above booth allotment) $395$395
One-day rate$295$395

*AAM Member rates are applicable to Professional and Retired Museum Professional Memberships, as well as staff of Tier 3 Museum Members. 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. Need assistance registering? Please call our registration vendor, CDS, at 774-247-4021.

Group Rates

Groups of 6 or more from the same organization may receive $70 off each registration if they register by May 5. Early bird and member rates apply for the greatest discount.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

A $75 processing fee will be applied to all cancellations and transfers. All cancellation and transfer requests must be made in writing via mail, fax or e-mail. The Alliance is not responsible for cancellation or transfer requests that are incomplete or are not received.
Cancellation requests received before April 15, 2022 will receive a 100% refund on registration and event fees, minus the processing fee. No refunds of conference registration or event fees will be granted after April 15, 2022.
Registrants who are no longer able to attend the meeting may request a substitution by submitting their request in writing to: AAM@xpressreg.net. The substitute must be from the same organization, and requests are subject to a $75 processing fee. Substitutions will be accepted until May 13, 2020. 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 13, 2022.

Discounted and Subsidized Registration

Scholarships (applications opening soon)

Each year, we fundraise and work hard to support attendance by a broader cross-section of the museum field.  We are currently fundraising for 35 scholarship opportunities that provide complimentary access to the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, a $750 travel stipend, and tickets to two networking events. Scholarship applications will open in January. If you are able to support access to the Annual Meeting through the scholarship program, please consider making a donation on our website here.

If you are able to support access to the Annual Meeting for colleagues who are unable to afford the full cost of registration, please consider making a donation for discounted registrations and scholarships on our website here.

Discounted registration (applications opening soon)

Using funds raised with help from the Local Host Committee, we plan to offer discounted registrations for to up to 100 museum professionals who live or work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with preference given to museum professionals who are members of an under-represented community or lack access to funds for professional development. This program will offer recipients full access to the four-day conference and a ticket to the AAM party for the deeply discounted rate of $100. Applications for discounted registrations will open in January.

Using funds raised with help from the Local Host Committee, we plan to offer discounted registrations for to up to 100 museum professionals who live or work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with preference given to museum professionals who are members of an under-represented community or lack access to funds for professional development. This program will offer recipients full access to the four-day conference and a ticket to the AAM party for the deeply discounted rate of $100. Applications for discounted registrations will open in January.

If you are able to support access to the Annual Meeting for colleagues who are unable to afford the full cost of registration, please consider making a donation for discounted registrations and scholarships on our website here.

Volunteering (call for volunteers opening soon)

Our Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is made possible in part through the work of our volunteers. In exchange for their work, volunteers receive a free registration to the full conference. More information and the call for volunteers will be available in early 2022.

#AAM2022 Journalists (applications opening soon)

Over the past few years, we have offered free registrations and a modest stipend to a group of museum professionals serving as social media journalists. This year, we’re opening up the program a little further to include and expand beyond social media coverage. More information on this opportunity for 2022 will be available soon.

Should you submit your interest in any of these programs and are declined after Early Bird registration has ended, you will receive the opportunity to register at the Early Bird rate for a limited time after the deadline.

Why do you charge for your conference?

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 virtual platform fees, convention fees, AV, software, events, transportation, staff, etc.), and up to $950 per attendee. The average amount paid by attendees directly is $358—only about a third of the real costs. 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.

That’s why we’re always looking for ways to make our Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo more affordable, both by creating opportunities to lower your costs and by increasing available scholarship funds. For our 2022 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, we have not increased registration rates from our last in-person meeting in 2020, have made select networking events free, and are providing the following opportunities:

  • Scholarships: Each year, we fundraise and work hard to support attendance by a broader cross-section of the museum field.  We are currently fundraising for 35 scholarship opportunities that provide complimentary access to the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, a $750 travel stipend, and tickets to two networking events. Scholarship applications will open in January. If you are able to support access to the Annual Meeting through the scholarship program, please consider making a donation on our website here.
  • Discounted registrations: Using funds raised with help from the Local Host Committee, we plan to offer discounted registrations for to up to 100 museum professionals who live or work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with preference given to museum professionals who are members of an under-represented community or lack access to funds for professional development. This program will offer recipients full access to the four-day conference and a ticket to the AAM party for the deeply discounted rate of $100. Applications for discounted registrations will open in January.If you are able to support access to the Annual Meeting for colleagues who are unable to afford the full cost of registration, please consider making a donation for discounted registrations and scholarships on our website here.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Our Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is made possible in part through the work of our volunteers. In exchange for their work, volunteers receive a free registration to the full conference. More information and the call for volunteers will be available in early 2022.
  • #AAM2022 Journalists: Over the past few years, we have offered free registrations and a modest stipend to a group of museum professionals serving as social media journalists. This year, we’re opening up the program a little further to include and expand beyond social media coverage. More information on this opportunity for 2022 will be available soon.

Code of Conduct

The American Alliance of Museums is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. Read our full Code of Conduct.