Register for Session Recordings
You can now register for #AAM2021 to receive access to all session recordings, the MuseumExpo, and discussion groups through July 14, 2021.
Registration for the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is now open!
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.
Early Bird rate through 3/3/21
Early Bird rate through 3/3/21
(rates do not change)
(rates do not change)
*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.
As we did for #AAMvirtual in 2020, we are providing a number of deeply discounted $25 registrations to those who have been furloughed or laid off, or who otherwise can’t afford the full cost of registration. If you are able, please consider making a donation to support these discounted registrations.
If you have been furloughed, laid off, or are otherwise unable to afford the full cost of registration at this time, you can now express your interest in receiving a $25 registration using this form. BIPOC individuals and individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ and disability communities are strongly encouraged to submit their interest. We are actively fundraising for these registrations and will continue doing so through June 7. Registrations will be provided on a rolling basis as funds are raised.
Scholarships (applications now closed)
Each year, we fundraise and work hard to support attendance by a broader cross-section of the museum field. For our 2021 conference, we have secured funding for 35 scholarships so that students and museum professionals at various stages of their careers can attend. The Alliance Scholarship Program is designed to nurture inclusive and equitable best practices—for the benefit of museums, museum professionals, and the diverse audiences they serve—by supporting the professional development of individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups. Scholarship applications are now closed.
Group registrations of six or more people are available at $265 per person during Early Bird registration and $315 per person after March 3. If you are interested in group registration, please contact our membership team by email at membership[at]aam-us.org. The last day to register your group is May 14.
Additional discounts are available to groups of six or more from Tier 3 Museum Members and Museum Studies programs. Please contact our membership team by email at membership[at]aam-us.org for more information or to upgrade your museum’s membership.
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 2021 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, we have reduced registration rates to the lowest fee in recent history during Early Bird registration, have made all 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. For our 2021 conference, we have secured funding for 35 scholarships so that students and museum professionals at various stages of their careers can attend. The Alliance Scholarship Program is designed to nurture inclusive and equitable best practices—for the benefit of museums, museum professionals, and the diverse audiences they serve—by supporting the professional development of individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups.
- Deeply discounted registrations: As we did for #AAMvirtual in 2020, we will be providing a number of deeply discounted $25 registrations to those who have been furloughed or laid off, or who otherwise can’t afford the full cost of registration. We are currently fundraising for these registrations and will provide more information in early March. If you are able, please consider making a donation to support these discounted registrations. If you would like to express interest in receiving a deeply discounted registration, you may do so using this form.
- Keynotes: As we do every year, keynote session recordings will be made available for free to the public after the Annual Meeting has concluded.
- Elevate Stage Sessions: This year, we will also make all Elevate Stage session recordings free to the public after the Annual Meeting has concluded.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $50 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 19, 2021 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 19, 2021. Registrants who are no longer able to attend the meeting may request a substitution by submitting their request in writing to AAM@xpressreg.net. Substitutions requests must be submitted by the original payor. Substitutions will be accepted until May 10, 2021. Upon receipt, the original registration rate and related add-ons will transfer to the new attendee. Substitution requests will not be accepted after May 10, 2021.
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.