MAM Blog

What's going on in museums around Minnesota?  This blog invites posts from MAM members about things happening at your museum, inspiring conferences, new books, websites, and more. 
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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Minnesota Museums Month returns in May 2015 and we're planning to make this the best yet! The program, in its fourth year, raises awareness of the importance of museums across the state in contributing to and sustaining community. We have gathered a group of remarkable Museum professionals and we would love to welcome you to our group. Our next meeting will be in St. Paul January/February. Email if you'd like to attend or know more. WE NEED & WANT YOUR PARTICIPATION!

    The Minnesota Museums Month website is powered by Explore Minnesota and pulls museum information and events from their master database. Make sure your museum listing is up to date and submit your May events!

    Throughout the month of May, the Minnesota Association of Museums will be posting museum stories and photos on our social media accounts. We may also be able to get your story as a focus in the Star Tribune or on a local network. But we can't do anything without the stories you provide us. So, please, email your stories and high resolution images to

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Museums and Attractions in MinnesotaMinnesota Museums Month returns in May. The Star Tribune will again be producing a Minnesota Museums & Attractions special section to be published on Sunday, May 4. This insert reaches over 1.3 million adults, including out-state readers.

    We are gathering ideas for content to be included in this special section. Is your museum doing something you'd like to highlight? Contact Lory Sutton, Chief Marketing Officer at the Minnesota Historical Society, at or (651) 259-3140.

    Increase your summer traffic! Consider purchasing an ad in the special museums section. Minnesota Museums Month promotional ads are included in the Star Tribune throughout May. View rate sheet here. Commitments are needed by April 16. Call your Star Tribune representative or contact Martha Kissell at or (612) 673-4834.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2014
    Contact: Eric Mueller


    Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Association of Museums (MAM) is pleased to introduce Todd Wright as the first Managing Director of the 39-year old organization. Todd will provide coordination and support for the goals of the state museum service association including the development of statewide programming, the annual meeting, and Minnesota Museums Month.

    Todd has over fifteen years of professional experience in logistical planning of complex projects for non-profits and cultural organizations. His most recent position was Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Manager of Board Relations with the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.

    "As MAM's first professional staff member, Todd brings a breadth of experience that will ensure a growth of service to the nearly 600 museums of Minnesota," stated Lin Nelson-Mayson, Chair of the MAM Steering Committee. "This is a new phase in MAM's capacity to provide professional development opportunities. We foresee that Todd's energy and knowledge will help Minnesota's museums thrive."

    The Minnesota Association of Museums was incorporated in October 1975 as the Minnesota Museum Educators Roundtable. In 1981 the name was changed to its present form. MAM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the only organization solely dedicated to representing and supporting museums of all disciplines throughout the state. MAM's organizational goals are: to foster and encourage communication among museum professionals in Minnesota; to promote Minnesota museums as a public resource for learning and recreation; and to provide educational opportunities and training for museum staff, both paid and volunteer. Find us on Facebook at


    Legacy AmendmentThis project is funded by a grant from the Mardag Foundation and a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • Monday, August 12, 2013 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Association of Museums is looking for five new Steering Committee members. Are you interested?

    We are aiming to have a new Treasurer, Vice Chair of Programs, and three At-Large members.

    Here is some information about the committee and the commitment:

    • Candidates possess the time, skills, and experience to meet the demands of steering committee participation
    • Candidates reflect individual diversity
    • Candidates should have some history/relationship with the Minnesota Association of Museums
    • Candidates' skills ensure diversity of museum disciplines are represented, including a balanced geographic representation

    The Steering Committee has monthly meetings and take turns hosting. Meetings run for an hour and a half. Any tasks you may have/might take on in addition to the Steering Committee meetings are generally 2-4 hours per month depending on your role and what is going on that month.

    We are looking to have the new members start in November this year, after elections have been held at the Annual Meeting October 6-7, 2013.

    If you are interested, please email Matt Hill at

    View current Steering Committee members.

    Thanks for showing interest in the Minnesota Association of Museums! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:36 PM | Anonymous

    In February 2009, a group of Twin Cities museum area professionals began meeting to explore collaboration among area museums. The exploration was a response to interest in museum collaborations in other cities and whether significant and on-going collaborations among local museums might better serve children and families across the community. Variously named Museums + Museums + Museums, M+M+M, and M++ viewed itself and its purpose as:

    a network of museum professionals working together to better understand the contribution of museums in the Twin Cities. We collaborate on museum programs and research that increase visibility, participation, and impact.

    Over the next four years, the group explored what a collaboration might look like that would serve large and small museums and the community. The size of the group fluctuated based on topics and individual schedules. Representatives from the American Swedish Institute, The Bakken, Bell Museum, Goldstein Museum of Design, Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Zoo, Science Museum of Minnesota, The Works; from Exhibits Development Group, Northern Lights; as well as independent museum professionals participated. Museum perspectives included those of educators, marketing staff, researchers and evaluators, fundraisers, planners, exhibit staff, and administrators.

    The group researched other museum collaboratives, explored possible audience research projects, fielded a study about museum summer camps, and shared its work at the annual Minnesota Association of Museums conference in 2012. Along with these activities, relationships among museum professionals developed and strengthened. Groundwork was laid for more partnerships and new collaborations between museums.

    In early 2013, several active participants in M++ proposed wrapping up M++. The summer camps project had been concluded; it was small, but successful and served as a good model for future projects. Still a new project was not able find the active interest and energy among M++ participants that it needed to launch and go. It felt that while the opportunities and potential of a collaborative were still attractive, the reality of demanding jobs in museums limited the extent to which colleagues could take on additional activities.

    In the spirit of the collaborative, collegial working group that had formed over four years, an important consideration was valuing the work done and contributions made, and leaning an opening for a possible continuation in the future. The group's efforts, the material completed and gathered by M++, and records of its activities will become part of the Minnesota Association of Museums' archives.

    For additional information, please feel free to contact Jeanne Vergeront at

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    MN Museums appMinnesota's 500+ museums are now at your fingertips with the free MN Museums app, now available for iOS and Android.

    Browse by name, category or location and let the app guide you to your next museum adventure. Create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited, and upload your favorite museum photos.

    Get the MN Museums app in the iTunes Store and Google Play. Search for MN Museums.

    Available on the App Store

    Available on the App Store

    MN Museums was developed by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society.

    Legacy AmendmentMade possible by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    Saint Benedict's MonasteryThe 2013 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Association of Museums will be held Sunday-Monday, October 6-7 in St. Joseph and Collegeville. This year's theme is Take This: A Collective Effort. With an opening night reception at the Haehn Museum and sessions at Saint John's University, the meeting promises thought-provoking discussions, resources, and ideas that you'll be able to take back to your own museum.

    Call for Session Proposals

    We encourage proposals that focus on best practices and innovative approaches leading to creative solutions for museums. To prevent many sessions from serving as "case studies," proposal ideas that reflect a single museum should seek to include perspectives of other museums on the same topic. Presenters representing a variety of disciplines and sizes of museums are encouraged.We're looking for the following session formats:

    • 1.25 hours
    • 2.5 hours (double session)
    • Roundtable: informal dialogue on specific issues; two or more presenters
    • Panel: different perspectives on one topic; two or more presenters plus a chair/facilitator
    • Poster Session: an informal report on projects and demonstration of new practices; may be organized by discipline, job (educator, registrar, etc.), or student projects
    • Workshop: half day, in-depth exploration of topic; two or more presenters


    Session Proposals are due Friday, June 7. If you'd prefer, you may print out and mail or email this form.

    Coming Soon:

    • Registration Information
    • Information about Conference Hotels
    • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:43 PM | Anonymous
    Want to Make History?

    The Minnesota Historical Society invites you to attend one of five listening sessions being held throughout the state of Minnesota in December.

    We want to hear what you have to say about Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. What do you think history should look like in 20 years because of the investment we make in Minnesota with these funds?

    These listening sessions are open to the public and especially geared toward Minnesotans not employed by local historical societies.

    Unlike previous listening sessions MHS staff will not be on hand to answer specific questions about grant projects or other programs. Franke Wilson Consulting will be facilitating the meetings on behalf of the Minnesota Historical Society.

    Each location will host two sessions. The morning session, 10:30 a.m. to noon, is open to people currently working in a history-related field. The second session, 1-2:30 p.m., is open to the general public.

    Please find the location nearest you and email your RSVP to: today!

    Questions? Contact Nancy Franke Wilson at (763) 545-2684 or

    Location: Marshall
    Location: St. Paul
    Location: Virginia
    Location: Owatonna
    Location: Detroit Lakes
  • Friday, November 09, 2012 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    Dear members and friends,

    Minnesota Association of Museums websiteI'm proud to unveil an updated logo and completely overhauled website for the Minnesota Association of Museums, launched today.

    Visit and take a look around!

    Send us photos of your museum.
    As you'll see, the new site does a great job of showcasing Minnesota's museums. We'll keep adding more photos throughout the site. But we need your help! Email us photos of your museum for consideration on the website. We're especially looking for images that convey community and museum programming, not just building shots. Large, high-resolution images work best.

    This is just the beginning.
    In the near future we'll be bringing back the complete list of Minnesota museums, and in the coming months we hope to publish articles, resources, and tutorials on topics of use to museum professionals. In our members-only area, we'll be building up the forums and in-depth materials. Not a member? Join today!

    I hope you enjoy our new site. And let us know what you think! Email with your comments and suggestions.


    Eric Mueller
    Communications Chair
    Minnesota Association of Museums

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2012 10:36 PM | Anonymous
    The Minnesota Association of Museums partnered with the University of Minnesota to determine the economic impact of museums in Minnesota. The report was released in time for the American Association of Museums conference in Minneapolis.

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