Inspiring museums to change lives


Inclusive, participatory and socially engaged museums at the heart of their communities

Who we are

We are the oldest museums association in the world, set up in 1889. Our membership represents more than 10,000 individual members, 1,500 museums and approximately 250 corporate members. Today we are still independently funded by our membership, which is made up of museum professionals, institutions and corporate members.


  • We have the courage to say what we believe
  • We are passionate about delivering diversity and equality
  • We work collaboratively, inclusively and ethically
  • We lead change by example


  • Develop and grow a vibrant and dynamic network of members
  • Campaign and advocate for museums to change lives
  • Inspire and develop the workforce to deliver our vision for the sector