Iowa Museum Week


Sponsored by the Iowa Museum Association - always the second week of June.

June 12-18, 2017 (Monday-Sunday)
June 11-17, 2018 (Monday-Sunday)
June 10-16, 2019 (Monday-Sunday)

On May 12th, 2016 Governor Branstad proclaimed June 6-12, 2016 IOWA MUSEUM WEEK and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Iowa Museum Association with the following text:

WHEREAS, for forty years the Iowa Museum Association has worked on behalf of Iowa’s museums, building organizational capacity, advocating to heighten awareness of the field and fostering community; and
WHEREAS, this careful nurturing of Iowa’s museums has supported their overall efforts in preservation, conservation, stewardship, and education allowing Iowa’s museums to play a key role in enhancing the quality of life throughout our state;
NOW THEREFORE, I Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the week of June 6-12, 2016, as
IOWA MUSEUM WEEK
An opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Iowa Museum Association and for the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.


The Governor's 2015 Proclamation:

WHEREAS, Iowa's museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric, natural resources, and memory of our state through the careful stewardship of art, artifacts, archives, the built environment, flora and fauna, and historic sites; and

WHEREAS, Iowa's museums provide educational resources and programs which provide learning opportunities for all ages; and

WHEREAS, Iowa's museums contribute to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, industry attraction, and worker retention; the purchase of goods and services; and as leading visitor destinations attracting tourism revenue to their community and the state; and

WHEREAS, for all these reasons Iowa's museums play an acknowledged key role in enhancing quality of life throughout our state;

NOW THEREFORE, I Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the week of June 8-14, 2015, as  IOWA MUSEUM WEEK  and encourage the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.


Please participate in IOWA MUSEUM WEEK in any way you can, remembering that the purpose is to raise awareness of Iowa’s museums as educators, economic engines, stewards, community anchor institutions, cultural attractions, incentive for economic development, employers, and purchasers of goods and services.  Here are some ideas:

1.  Invite your legislators to visit your museum

2.  Hold an Open House for the community  - extend your open hours and your accessibility

3.  Write a letter to the editor thanking your community for their support and highlighting your events and exhibits during Iowa Museum Week.

4.  Update your exterior signage - is it easily seen?  Are the correct hours of business stated?

5.  Celebrate your volunteers!  Hold a volunteer appreciation event during Iowa Museum Week - be sure to alert the local media so they can cover the event and take photographs.

6.  Highlight your heritage with a press release, a new publication, or community presentations.  Share with your community the history of your museum and how it contributes to the overall quality of life you all enjoy.

The American Alliance of Museums suggest that you "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" in order to show Congress how essential museums are to their communities.

1. Find out who represents you in Congress.
2. Send a letter to invite them for a visit.
3. Call the local office to find the name of the scheduler and call or email to follow up.
4. Continue following up until a meeting can be set up
5. Plan the visit – See the AAM “How To” guide to help you prepare – including what to do before, during, and after the visit.

Please visit www.speakupformuseums.org to learn more about advocacy for museums.


Travel Federation of Iowa Legislative Showcase, is held annually at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa.

REAP -  If you would like more information, be sure to check out the new REAP Alliance website www.REAPAlliance.org 

National Events:
American Association of Museums (AAM) Advocacy Day, Washington D.C. 

Check out the AAM Power Point - What is Museums Advocacy Day