State & 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 resources are available to you, this is a good place to start! These associations may provide support systems, assist in the development of professional standards, post job listings, offer skill building and training workshops, offer advice on best practices, host conferences, and serve as a forum for collaboration between institutions. Click on your region below to explore the museum associations in your area! Don’t see your local museum association on the list? Please send us an email at so we can include you!

The National Alliance of State Museum Associations (NASMA) acts as a support system for state museums collectively, and regional and state museum associations can help support member organizations.

There are currently six major regional museum associations serving their respective geographic areas.

Nearly every state has its own museum association, which are listed here by region. Many cities and counties have also established communities and networks of local museums and museum professionals for sharing expertise and resources.