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Emerging Museum Professionals

  • Have you been in the museum field less than five years?
  • Are you interested in connecting with other museum colleagues?
  • Have you been looking for additional resources to guide your career path?
  • Are you a mid-career or senior-level professional interested in supporting the next generation of museum leaders?

If the answer is “Yes,” you’ve come to right place! Learn more about Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) groups, resources and ways you can get involved!

National Emerging Museum Professionals 2016 survey of EMPs.

Get Involved!

Join us on Museum Junction

Introduce yourself, join or start a conversation on AAM’s Museum Junction online community about issues important to you!

You can also follow the discussion on the public Facebook group page or the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network website.

Attend the AAM Annual Meeting

Join the largest convening of museum colleagues in the world for career development and networking!

Join or Support a Local EMP Group

Whether you are an EMP or an EMP supporter, meet new colleagues, share ideas, build a stronger network and give back to the field by reaching out to a local group below. Most EMP groups offer:

  • Informal networking events (e.g. happy hours or sporting events)
  • Museum-specific social activities (e.g. exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes tours)
  • Professional development programs (e.g. career workshops, mentoring activities)

Find a Local EMP Group

Current EMP groups are listed below. Please note that local EMP groups operate independently and are not affiliated with AAM.

Start a local EMP Group

If you are interested in starting an EMP group, and there is not one active already, here are a few things to consider:

  • Identify the need. Is there a need for an EMP group in your city or region? Having an EMP group is only as good as the sustained activity it engages. Start by reaching out to a handful of local colleagues, invite them to a happy hour or coffee house and talk about issues. Would an EMP group help address these issues?
  • Identify leaders. The success of your local EMP group can’t rest on your shoulders alone. People come and go, take new jobs, move to another city. Start with two or three other colleagues who will commit to planning your group from the start.
  • Be visible. Establish a Facebook page and/or other online presence so people know about your group. Connect with fellow EMPs and share ideas on AAM’s Museum Junction online community.  
  • Start small, be consistent, be patient. Start your EMP group with some small, easy-to-manage activities, like a happy hour or informal visit to a museum. Offer these programs on a regular basis and see how things go. Don’t be discouraged if only a few people show up at first. Encourage those who do show up to invite a colleague next time.
  • Connect. The purpose behind starting an EMP group is to connect with local colleagues, including emerging, mid-career and senior-level professionals. Connecting with local museum colleagues can help you build momentum for and participation in your EMP group. Let them know of your plans and ask them if they might help connect you with others in your area.


For more information on joining, starting or leading a local EMP group, please contact Greg Stevens at