Advocate Materials

Museums Advocacy Day 2018
Washington, D.C.
Feb. 26-27

Museums Advocacy Day provides a unique opportunity to make sure legislators know that museums are economic drivers, key providers of education and community anchors. The materials below (PDFs) are for advocates participating in person in Washington, DC and around the country.


Issue Briefs

Museum Issues at a Glance

Institute of Museum and Library Services Funding

Institute of Museum and Library Services Reauthorization

Charitable Giving

Shutdown Prevention and Economic Impact

Elementary and Secondary Education

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

Higher Education

STEM Education

Historic Preservation 

Ethics and Best Practices for Museums

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion

Appropriations Letters

Museum Facts

Museums: Did You Know? (Infographic)

Capitol Hill Meeting Leave Behind (PDF Packet)

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.

Congressional Contact Information



            Key Committees

Legislative Record for 2017

We have created this members-only resource for you to see how elected officials are doing on key public policy issues affecting museums. Please login to access this resource.

Online Meeting Report Form

Logistics & General Information

Tips for Meeting with Elected Officials

Engage Your Board: Stand for Your Mission Discussion Guide for Museums

Harness the power of board members to influence key decisions made by public officials at all levels of government. The document calls on all museum directors and trustees to begin a dialogue at their next board meeting, using the discussion guide as a starting point.

Additional Advocacy Resources