Why Join IAM?  We work hard for the Illinois Museum Community...


  • IAM is a voice with the state and national governments
  • We produce an Economic Impact Statement for the Illinois Museum Community
  • Host of annual “Museum Day” in Springfield where museums can meet with their elected officials
  • IAM List Serve keeps members up-to-date on issues of importance to the museum community


  • Awards program Participation in the Awards Program that includes recognition of exhibits, publications, special events and educational programs.
  • Annual Conference offered each year to encourage the exchange of information, ideas, methods, and solutions to mutual problems
  • Latest news about museums


  • Professional development workshops promoting best practices
  • Access to the IAM Lending Library, resource files, and a reference service
  • Access to annual Scholarship Program to be used to attend professional meetings, workshops, and seminars


  • Access to job postings, professional development opportunities, grants, and internship opportunities
  • Directory of Illinois Museums
  • Host of a Museum Clearinghouse: exchange, deaccession, or acquire objects from other museums