Selected Museum Organizations

New York Museum Resources


The Exhibition Alliance, Inc.

TEA is a non-profit organization that provides professional exhibition-related services to museums, historical societies, science centers, nature centers, and other exhibiting organizations to help them create better exhibitions.

P.O. Box 345
Hamilton, New York 13346-0345
T: 315-824-2510
F: 315-824-1683

Long Island Museum Association

Long Island Museum Association is a museum and historical organization service agency offering workshops, technical assistance, a newsletter, and annual meeting. For membership information, contact:

Philip Blocklyn, President
P.O. Box 1063

Huntington, NY 11743

Greater Hudson Heritage Network

A museum and historical organization service agency based in Elmsford, offering workshops, technical assistance, a newsletter, and annual meeting. GHHN administers the New York State Council on the Arts’ Conservation Treatment Grant Program and the New York State Archives’ Hudson Valley Documentary Heritage Program.

Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, New York 10523
T: 914-592-6726
F: 914-592-6946

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums

A regional museum service organization serving Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

2300 N Street, NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20037
T: 202-452-8040
F: 202-833-3636

New York City Arts Coalition

The New York City Arts Coalition promotes a broad awareness of the arts in the life of the city. It encourages leaders and elected officials to protect the creative freedom of the arts community and to support adequate appropriations for the arts in the city, state and federal budgets.

New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER)

Founded in 1979, the purpose of NYCMER is to provide a forum for museum education professionals to address issues of museum and educational interest, exchange and disseminate relevant information, and to explore and implement cooperative programming opportunities through roundtable discussions, workshops, seminars, symposia, professional development series and conferences.

c/o Jennifer Rothman
Director of Public Programs
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
F: 718-8178954

New York Council for the Humanities

A private, not-for-profit organization working to ensure the presence of the humanities in the cultural life of New York State. The organization's programs train teachers; encourage excellence in student scholarship; support public programs at New York State cultural organizations; and forge relationships between young people, their families, and New York’s extraordinary range of humanities institutions.

150 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10038
T: 212-233-1131
F: 212-233-4607

New York Council of Nonprofits

NYCON provides capacity-building technical assistance and support to charitable nonprofits and communities across New York State. It offers a range of benefits to member organizations, including health insurance.

Doug Sauer, Director
272 Broadway
Albany, New York 12204
T: 518-434-9194
1-800-515-5012 x103
F: 518-434-0392

New York Folklore Society

The New York Folklore Society is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers a range of programs and services designed to nurture traditional arts and culture in the communities where they originate. The web site describes technical assistance programs, the Folk Archives Project, radio documentaries, conferences, forums and advocacy.

Ellen McHale, Ph.D., Director
PO Box 764
Schenectady, New York 12301
T: 518-346-7008
F: 518-346-6617

New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program

New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program

Kristin Herron, Program Director
Architecture + Design| Facilities | Museums
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10010
(T) 212.459.8825
(F) 212.477.1471

New York State Division of Tourism

The I Love New York site for New York State Tourism lists attractions, events and accommodations. There are links to many tourist destinations by region and a category for the New York State canals.

New York State Education Department

The New York State History Net

The New York State History Net tries to promote awareness of New York State’s history resources to the largest number of people possible. It does this by offering home page and web site hosting for history-related organizations. The site includes job listings, history conferences and current projects in New York history. It also includes links to many history-related sites by topic including books, archives, libraries, government agencies and genealogy.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation is the agency that operates the state parks, historic sites and heritage areas of New York State. It administers funds for federal historic preservation and park programs and provides technical preservation guidance. The agency also sponsors programs and grants and produces the Preservationist.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

A resource and advocacy organization for all types of nonprofits, offers a range of services to members, including workshops, surveys, and updates on governmental actions.

1350 Broadway, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10018-7802
T: 212-502-4191
F: 212-502-4189

Preservation League of New York State 

A service and advocacy organization for individuals and organizations engaged in historic preservation projects.  The League offers a variety of technical assistance programs, funding programs, and referrals. It also publishes a newsletter, maintains a lending library, and sponsors workshops and seminars.

44 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
T: 518-462-5658
F: 518-462-5684

The Western New York Association of Historical Agencies

WNYAHA serves museums and historical organizations in the western part of the state with workshops, technical assistance, a newsletter, and an annual meeting.

Terry Abrams, Administrative Coordinator
PO Box 39
Getzville, NY 14068
T: 716-751-6409

National and International Resources

A comprehensive list of associations serving the museum field can be found at the Smithsonian's Museum Studies resource page here.

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a membership organization with a range of programs for the volunteers and staff of history and heritage organizations and historic house museums/historic sites. Members receive History News, a quarterly magazine; the Dispatch, a monthly newsletter; invitations to attend workshops and the annual meeting; and use of a free Video Lending Library.

530 Church Street, Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37219
T: 615-255-2971
F: 615-255-2979

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

351 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
T: 610-925-2500
F: 610-925-2700

American Alliance of Museums

AAM is the largest membership association for museums in the US. Member benefits include a monthly newsletter, Aviso; bimonthly magazine, Museum News; free or discounted admission to museums throughout the country; annual meeting; regional seminars and conferences; access to insurance programs and special industry discounts.

1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
T: 202-289-1818
F: 202-289-6578

American Arts Alliance serves as a resource on legislative issues and arts advocacy.

Americans for the Arts

Features arts advocacy information and the National Arts Policy Clearinghouse, a database of more than 6,000 titles.

1000 Vermont Avenue NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
T: 202-371-2830
F: 202-371-0424

American Institute for Conservation

1717 K Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20006
T: 202-452-9545

American Law Institute–American Bar Association

ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education
4025 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
T: 800-253-6397
F: 21-/243-1664

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

8403 Colesville Road
Suite 710
Silver Spring, MD 20910
T: 301-562-0777
F: 301-562-0888

Association of Children’s Museums

1300 L Street, NW
Suite 975
Washington, DC 20005
T: 202-898-1080
F: 202-898-1086

Association of Fundraising Professionals

1101 King Street, Suite 700
Alexandria, VA 22314
T: 703-684-0401
F: 703-684-0540

Association of Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums

c/o The Farmers' Museum
PO Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
T: 607-547-1400

Association of Science-Technology Centers

1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
T: 202-783-7200
F: 202-783-7207

Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI)

The Banff Centre School of Management

Box 1020
Banff, Alberta T0L 0CO
T: 403-762-6121


A membership organization that is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.

2000 L Street, NW, Suite 411
Washington, DC 20036
T: 202-452-6262
F: 202-452-6299

British Interactive Group (BIG)

c/o Techniquest
Cardiff, CF10 5BW
United Kingdom
T: (44)(0 29) 2047 5475
F: (44)(0 29) 2048 2517

Canadian Museums Association (CMA)

280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1R7
T: 613- 567-0099
F: 613-233-5438

Center for Museum Studies

Smithsonian Institution
MRC 427
Washington, DC 20560
T: 202-357-3101
F: 202-357-3346

Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest

Anational organization encouraging lobbying to further charitable purposes. Based in Washington, DC, CLPI provides extensive materials and workshops about the federal lobby laws, how to lobby, and how lobbying can help an organization’s program goals.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Careful Donor

Provides a free weekly service for trustees and donors of nonprofit organizations featuring news items from the Chronicle of Philanthropy and links to information about ethical, legal, tax, and fundraising issues.

CoOL: Conservation OnLine, Resources for Conservation Professionals

CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

Costume Society of America

55 Edgewater Drive
PO Box 73
Earleville, MD 21919

The Council on Foundations

An association of foundations and corporations serving the public good by promoting and enhancing effective and responsible philanthropy.

Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management

Duke Continuing Education and Summer Session
Box 90708
Durham, NC 27708-0708
T: 919-684-6259

Fine Art Lease

Fine Art Lease provides the opportunity to generate revenue without deaccessioning by enabling museums to lease works of art from their permanent collections to carefully screened corporations.

The Foundation Center

Getty Leadership Institute

1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1681
T: 310-440-6300
F: 310-440-7765

Giant Screen Theater Association

Piper Jaffrey Plaza
444 Cedar Street, Suite 810
St. Paul, MN 55101
T: 651-292-9884
F: 651-292-9901

Grantsmanship Center

Offers programs and announcements to assist the grant seeker.


Offers nonprofits a free opportunity to stand out in “The Donor’s Guide to the Nonprofit Universe.”

Independent Curators International

The International Council of Museums

ICOM is devoted to the promotion and development of museums and the museum profession at an international level. ICOM is a Non-Governmental Organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. It has a consultative status to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

Independent Sector

An organization that encourages philanthropy, volunteering, not-for-profit initiative and citizen action.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

Main Office
1800 M Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-5802

Museum Services
T: 202-653-4789
F: 202-653-4608

International Museum Theatre Alliance, Inc. (IMTAL)

c/o Museum of Science
Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
T: 617-589-0449
F: 617-589-0454

International Planetarium Society (IPS)

c/o Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
T: 406-994-6874
F: 406-994-2682

Internet Nonprofit Center

A site put together by Putnam Barber of the Evergreen State Society with an extensive list of helpful pages, including a thorough FAQ page with answers to: starting a nonprofit, board and management issues, automation and computing for nonprofits, marketing your nonprofit and fundraising.

Museum Computer Network

1550 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 201
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
T: 877-626-3800
F: 949-376-3456

Museum Education Roundtable (MER)

621 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
T: 202-547-8378
F: 202-547-8344

Museum Management Program

University of Colorado
250 Bristlecone Way
Boulder, CO 80304
T: 303-443-2946
F: 303-443-8486

Museum Store Association

4100 E. Mississippi, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80246-3055
T: 303-504-9223
F: 303-504-9585

Museum Trustee Association

1200 19th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036-2422

National Council of Nonprofit Associations

The National Endowment for the Arts

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506-0001
T: 202-682-5400
Voice/T.T.Y.: 202-682-5496

The National Endowment for the Humanities

1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
T: 800-NEH-1121, 202-606-8400
TDD: 866-372-2930, 202-606-8282

National Park Service

National Trust for Historic Preservation

1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
T: 202-673-4000

Natural Science Collection Alliance

1725 K Street, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20006-1401
T: 202-835-9050
F: 202-835-7334

New England Museum Association

For more than 70 years the New England Museum Association has been the only organization in New England serving museums of all sizes and the people who work for and with them.

New York Nonprofit Search

A site to find New York State nonprofits.

The Nonprofit Gateway – site is a resource for nonprofits to get easy access to federal agencies. There are links to many departments and agencies, the Federal Register and funding sources, management and policy resources, as well as a search tool for the 530,000 government web pages.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center -

Information and resources to help nonprofit staff and volunteers control risks. Risk management is about managing resources wisely, protecting clients from harm and safeguarding assets.

Smithsonian Institution

Office of General Counsel
Smithsonian Institution
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560
T: 202-357-1997
F: 202-357-4310

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Society of American Archivists

600 S. Federal, Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60605
T: 312-922-0140
F: 312-347-1452

Theater in Museums Workshop

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
T: 651-221-2587 or 651-221-4560

Visitor Studies Association

2885 Sanford Avenue SW
Grandville, MI 49418