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Museum Professional Networks

An affinity group is a group of colleagues brought together by a common need, goal, or expertise.  An affinity group, whether it is organized by region, discipline, or museum type, can be an excellent way to connect with colleagues from other museums and to share information and solutions to everyday challenges. Please find a list of organizations below.*


Illinois Association of Museums

Illinois Historic Preservation Division

Illinois State Historical Society

Arts Alliance Illinois

Landmarks Illinois

Illinois Humanities


Northeastern Illinois Historical Council (N.E.IL)

Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association (KDRMA)

Southern Illinois Association of Museums (SIAM)

Museums in the Park

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group

Regional/ National

Association of Midwest Museums (AMM)

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

American Association for State and Local History

American Institution for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

National Association for Interpretation

National Council on Public History

National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN)

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Discipline Specific

The Educators' Roundtable

Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group

Cultural Access Collaborative

At Home in Chicago

Great Lakes Planetarium Association

Midwest Open Air Museums Association

Fire Museum Network

Museum Store Association

Association of Nature Center Administrators

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

American Public Garden Association

Association of Children's Museums

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Association of African American Museums

Association of Science and Technology Centers

Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums

Midwest Registrars Group

Small Museum Association

The Association of Art Museum Curators

Association of Art Museum Directors

*Note: The Illinois Association of Museums doesn't endorse or recommend one organization or the other. This is for informational purposes only. Please review all organizations at your own discretion. 

If you would like to have something added to this list please email us at illinoismuseums@gmail.com

Illinois Association of Museums
P.O. Box 31155

Chicago, IL 60631


Email: illinoismuseums@gmail.com




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