The Virginia Association of Museums is one of the most active museum service organizations in the country. We provide high quality professional development, advocacy at the state and Federal level, and build an engaged museum community where members can meet, support, and learn from each other.

"...I first learned about VAM towards the end of my studies and while I was working part-time as a Historic Interpreter. I have been a member of the Virginia Association of Museums for over 10 years now and I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without VAM. After several of my coworkers had attended the conference and I learned about all the different training opportunities that were available and I was instantly hooked..." 

- Paige Gibbons-Backus, Historic Site Manager at Prince William County Office of Historic Preservation, VAM Council Vice President of Member Engagement

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 Certificate in Museum Management

The Virginia Certificate in Museum Management provides a comprehensive understanding of various facets of museum management, including collections care, education and outreach, exhibitions, external relations, internal affairs, human resources, as well as career development. The program was created to provide high-level, easily accessible professional growth to career-minded museum staff and volunteers. Fall Enrollment starts on July 1. 

Certificate in Museum Management

 *Note: if you or your museum is a VAM member, be sure to log in when you apply for the program to get appropriate member pricing!


Our Mission

VAM advocates for the importance of museums in our communities and strengthens the cultural sector by supporting museum professionals throughout their careers with professional development, networking, and thought leadership.

Our Vision

We envision a network of collaborative museums and passionate museum professionals throughout the Commonwealth serving as essential community anchors working together to enhance cultural awareness and community identity for all.

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Career Center

Explore our Career Center for downloadable resources on internships, questions to ask in an interview, and resume tips. Then search our job board for open positions, or request a review of your resume (member benefit.) 



Visit VAM's museum directory to find out more about Virginia's museums.  We are proud of our diverse family of museums and hope you enjoy exploring all of the art, history, science, and heritage that our Virginia museums have to offer to visitors.