Join the Cause: Advocate from Anywhere

You don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to make the case for museums. The stakes have never been higher and every voice matters. Use the advocacy tools below to join the cause and Speak Up for Museums during Museums Advocacy Day and throughout the year.

Take Action: Contact Congress

Throughout the year Congress considers many legislative issues affecting museums. Our template messages make communicating with your legislators easy. The templates include key issue information. You personalize and send messages to your legislators with just a few clicks.

Invite Your Legislators to Meet Locally

We’ve made it easy to engage with your legislators locally with our step by step guide. Now you can make the case without traveling all the way to Washington, D.C.

Maximize Your Efforts: Updated Publicity Tools

Use our publicity tool kit to raise the visibility of your museum and your advocacy efforts in your local press. These pieces can be used by Museums Advocacy Day participants and those advocating from home. Each item can be customized for your museum or organization. Tools (in Microsoft Word) include a template press release, media pitch, education, economic impact and charitable giving op-eds and more. Let us know how your press outreach goes.

Download and Share New Data: Museums as Economic Engines

Did you know that museums contribute $50 billion yearly to the US economy, they support 726,000 jobs and generate $12 billion in tax revenue? Download your copy of the groundbreaking report, and data for your state, today.  

Researched and prepared in partnership with Oxford Economics with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this comprehensive report quantifies the economic benefit of museums, including jobs, direct spending, and supply-chain effects. The numbers tell an indisputable story about museums as true economic engines for their communities, supporting jobs and wages that are vital to the health of their hometowns.

Speak Up for Museums on Social Media

Use #museumsadvocacy and #museumsadvocacy2018 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Share our posts and tweets and your own photos. Post positive comments about your interaction with legislators, and don't forget to  "Like" and "Follow" your legislators (our directory listings include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube information for legislators).

See the full Museums Advocacy Day 2018 Social Media Information guide for hashtags, sample tweets and posts and images you can use on social media!

Help Us Recruit New Advocates and Raise Funds

Help us enlist new advocates and raise funds for the urgent advocacy work to come in 2017. Join the cause for as little as a $1 donation, and you’ll get urgent alerts on issues affecting museums and tools to help you speak up for museums.

Expand Your Advocacy Skills

We offer a deep bench of advocacy resources and tools to make it easy for you to join the cause and make the case for your museum and the cause of museums, no matter your current position or advocacy experience level. Get started today.