American Alliance of Museums
a nonprofit association founded in 1906 that supports all types of museums through the development of standards and best practices, through the sharing of knowledge and professional career development, and by advocating and lobbying on issues of concern to the museum community
Prior to September 2012, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) was known as the American Association for Museums. AAM maintains the Code of Ethics for Museums. AAM also operates the Continuum of Excellence accreditation program, which is based on the Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums.