Museum Magazine Submission and Ethics 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 21,000.
  • Most of our readers are members of the Alliance.
  • Our readers 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 most of our readers live in the United States, the magazine is also distributed internationally.
  • Museum is not available on the newsstand.


The majority of Museum articles are written by museum professionals. Occasionally, we publish the work of freelance writers. In general, we are looking for timely, well-written, well-informed pieces on issues that help museum professionals do their jobs. 

We prefer to work with writers who have background in or very good access to the U.S. museum community and its concerns. Because the magazine is circulated internationally, we only publish pieces that will be of interest to a wide range of readers. We do not publish articles of primarily local interest.

Freelance Rates

As a nonprofit organization, we have a very limited budget for paying outside writers. We pay freelance writers on occasion for their work; our rates are competitive with those of similar association publications.


We encourage writers to send a query letter outlining a proposed article before sending a complete manuscript. Your query should explain what museum professionals will be able to learn from your proposed article, outline the major points you would make and list some of the sources. Please send your query to If you wish to submit a complete article for consideration, feature articles run about 1,000–3,000 words.

Ethical Guidelines

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