About the Virginia Association of Museums

Mission Statement

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.

Our Museums


VAM is governed by a twenty-four member Council. Included are directors representing geographic regions of VAM membership (Central Virginia, Mountain & Valley, Northern Virginia & DC, Southwest Virginia, and Tidewater & Eastern Shore) 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 Member Engagement, Vice President for Planning and Resources, Secretary and Treasurer. There are two directors-at-large, two ex-officio members, and the immediate past president.

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