Museum Magazine Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Museum, the bimonthly membership magazine of the American Alliance of Museums.

  • The magazine has a circulation of approximately 26,000.
  • Most of our readers are members of the Alliance. They work as museum directors, registrars, curators, educators, security personnel, development officers and public relations/marketing professionals or for companies that provide products and services to the museum community.
  • While the majority of our readers live in the United States, the magazine is also distributed internationally.
  • Though Museum is not available on newsstands, anyone can subscribe. Visit the magazine website for more information.


Museum articles are typically written by museum professionals, but anyone with a profound interest in the field is invited to contribute. We can and do publish the work of freelance writers. We look for timely, well-written and well-informed pieces on issues that help museum professionals do their jobs and that highlight the importance of museums in today’s society. New technology, current events, and active programs involving museums are of particular interest. Help us promote and advance museums through new perspectives.

If you work in or with the U.S. museum community or you have insight into an element of the field that you would like to share, we want to hear from you. Because the magazine is circulated internationally, we publish pieces that will be of interest to a wide range of readers. Stories of local interest, such as a featured program, should be framed within broader concepts that can appeal to others and allow for easier replication.

Freelance Rates

As a nonprofit organization, we must balance incoming submissions with a limited budget. We use a competitive pay scale for accepted articles, based on the quality, timeliness, and length of the submission.


We encourage writers to send a query letter outlining a proposed article before sending a complete manuscript. Your query should summarize your proposed article, including what museum professionals will be able to learn, the major points you would make and some of the sources you plan to use. Please send your query to If you wish to submit a complete article for consideration, full-sized features run between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Smaller pieces will also be considered.