A united museum community inspiring the world around us
The Virginia Association of Museums helps our museum community succeed.
Since the late 1950s Virginia’s museum professionals have met to share expertise, exchange exhibits, and collaborate on programs. As the group grew, it expanded to include an annual conference, a Civil War Centennial Celebration, a magazine and additional meetings during the year. The organization was incorporated in 1968 as The Virginia History Federation to promote and support Virginia’s historical museums and sites; one year later it was granted 501c(3) status by the IRS. In 1978, the organization became the Virginia History and Museums Federation to reflect a broader mission including all museum disciplines. In 1980 the organization was renamed the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) to further establish its purpose – the education and support of all museums and cultural institutions and their staff and volunteers.
VAM is governed by a twenty-four member Council. On this Council are directors representing geographic regions of VAM membership (Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Tidewater & Eastern Shore, Southwest & Blueridge, Mountain & Valley, and the District of Columbia), as well as the various disciplines of museums (Art, History, Historic Houses, Science & Nature, Specialized Audience, and University and College Museums and Galleries). Additionally, VAM council includes a director for emerging museum professionals. Executive oversight is provided by five officers - president, vice president for Programs, vice president for Planning and Resources, secretary and treasurer. There are two directors-at-large, two ex-officio members, and the immediate past president.