State and Regional Museum Associations

There are state and regional museum associations that are valuable resources for small museums in your area.  If you don’t know what’s available, this is a good place to start! If you want your state or regional association included, please send us an email at

The National Alliance of State Museum Associations (NASMA) serves as a support system for state museum associations.  They want to “increase the capacity, professionalism and stability of state museum associations so they more effectively serve their members.”

The Florida Association of Museums assists its member organizations by offering information and resources, as well as effecting legislation and promoting the support of museums. They also have an annual conference, list job opportunities, offer professional development workshops, have a Peer Coaching Program, and offer a Connecting to Collections Program.

The Tennessee Association of Museums promotes public awareness and the preservation of Tennessee’s heritage. They also assist in the development of professional standards among members with an annual conference, a job listing, an online forum for members, and by offering a series of workshops throughout the state.

The Ohio Museums Association works with museums and museum professionals in the state to foster excellence and provide a system of support. The have an annual meeting, a workshop series, a job board, and an extensive resource section.

The Iowa Museum Association supports its member organizations with an annual conference, advocacy programs, a website listing museum resources, professional development workshops, and a listing of job opportunities.

The Michigan Museums Association shares expertise and resources to promote standards and practices, with an emphasis on face-to-face collaboration. They have an annual conference, list jobs & internship opportunities, and have workshops  on a variety of topics throughout the year.

The Wisconsin Federation of Museums serves its member institutions across the state with an annual conference, informative and skill building workshops, a WI Museum Week, and a job opportunities listing.

The Mountain-Plains Museum Association (MPMA) is a 10-state regional museum association. They offer a job bank, advocacy programs, an Emerging Museum Professional committee, an annual conference, a mentorship program, a database of business members, and more.

The Montana Historical Society serves as “the guardian of Montana’s memory.” The oldest historical society in the West, they hold an annual conference on Montana history, have an extensive research collection, and oversee two historic homes.

The Colorado-Wyoming Associations of Museums educates and unites its members and the larger museum community. They have annual meeting, post job opportunities, offer a mentoring program, and post numerous other helpful resources on their website.

The New England Museum Association works to provide regional museums with the resources and tools they need to be successful. They support museums to lead with innovative techniques and encourage community involvement.

The Museum Association of New York partners with cultural institutions in New York State to provide organizations with the tools they need to interact with their communities successfully and sustainably.