- About ACM
- About Children’s Museums
- Elevating the Field
- Conferences and Professional Development
Started in 1962, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 470 members in 50 states and 16 countries, ACM is the world’s foremost professional society supporting and advocating on behalf of children’s museums, and those who work at and otherwise sustain them. We leverage the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination.
A children’s museum is defined as a nonprofit educational and cultural institution committed to serving the needs and interests of children by providing exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. Regardless of size, all children’s museums function across four dimensions, as local destinations, educational laboratories, community resources, and advocates for children.
A world that prioritizes the rights of all children to playful learning and a healthy, safe, and equitable future.
ACM champions children's museums and together enrich the lives of children worldwide.
We believe children’s museums are unique community institutions where…
Our primary focus is working with and on behalf of our membership. All activities are in service to the enrichment, expansion, and advancement of this community.
We pay close attention to emerging trends and opportunities for advancing and elevating the field through risk-taking, while being accountable to our mission and fiscal responsibilities.
We implement our work through partnership and dialogue with our members and other stakeholders to ensure equitable and inclusive processes and effective outcomes.