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Related Organizations
ASTC and other science center networks offer professional development opportunities specific to the science center field. The following organizations also provide programs and publications in areas relevant to various aspects of science center work. All addresses are in the United States, unless otherwise noted.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
phone: 202/289-1818
fax: 202/289-6578
web site:
In addition to AAM's annual meeting and professional development seminars, the regional museum associations and AAM professional interest and standing professional committees also offer meetings, workshops, and publications. Of particular interest to science centers are the National Association of Museum Exhibitions and the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation.

American Public Gardens Association
100 West 10th Street, Suite 614
Wilmington, DE 19801
phone: 302/655-7100
fax: 302/655-8100
web site:

Association of Children's Museums
1300 L Street, NW
Suite 975
Washington, DC 20005
phone: 202/898-1080
fax: 202/898-1086
web site:

Association of Fundraising Professionals
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22203-4168
phone: 703/684-0401
fax: 703/684-0540
web site:

Association of Nature Center Administrators
PO Box 464
Logan, UT 84323
phone: 435/787-8209
fax: 435/752-3984
web site:

Association of Zoos and Aquariums
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 710
Silver Spring, MD 20910
phone: 301/562-0777
fax: 301/562-0888
web site:

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BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards)
1828 L Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036-5114
phone: 202/452-6262 or 877/892-6273
fax: 202/452-6299
web site:

British Interactive Group (BIG)
c/o Techniquest
Cardiff, CF10 5BW
United Kingdom
phone: (44)(0 29) 2047 5475
fax: (44)(0 29) 2048 2517
web site:

Canadian Museums Association (CMA)
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1R7
phone: 613/ 567-0099
fax: 613/233-5438
web site:

Center for Education and Museum Studies
Smithsonian Institution
MRC 427
Washington, DC 20560
phone: 202/357-3101
fax: 202/357-3346
web site:

Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS)
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
web site:

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Cultural Resource Management Program
Continuing Studies, University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3030, STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 3N6
phone: 250/721-6119
fax: 250/721-8774
web site:

Deutsches Museum Management Courses
Hauptabteilung Programme
Deutsches Museum
D-80538 Munchen
phone: (0049) 89/ 2179-1
fax: (0049) 89/ 2179-324
web site:

Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management
Duke Continuing Education and Summer Session
Box 90700
Durham, NC 27708-0700
web site:

Getty Leadership Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685
phone: 310/440-6300
fax: 310/440-7765
web site:

Giant Screen Cinema Association
5050 Oakland Avenue
St Louis, Missouri, USA 63110
phone: 314/533-8077 or 636/244-0947
web site:

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International Museum Theatre Alliance, Inc. (IMTAL)
c/o Central Park Zoo
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021
phone: 212/439-6542
web site:

International Planetarium Society (IPS)
c/o Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
600 Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720
phone: 808/969-9735
fax: 808/969-9748
web site:

Museum Computer Network
232-329 March Road, Box 11
Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2E1
phone: 888/211-1477
web site:

Museum Education Roundtable (MER)
P.O. Box 15727
Washington, DC 20003
phone: 202/547-8378
fax: 202/547-8344
web site:

Museum Management Program
University of Colorado
250 Bristlecone Way
Boulder, CO 80304
phone: 303/443-2946
fax: 303/443-8486

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Museum Store Association
4100 E Mississippi Avenue
Suite 800
Denver, CO 80246-3055
phone: 303/504-9223
fax: 303/504-9585
web site:

Museum Trustee Association
2025 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-3309
phone: 202/367-1180
fax: 202/367-2180
web site:

Natural Science Collections Alliance
P.O. Box 44095
Washington, DC 20026-4095
phone: 202/633-2772
fax: 202/633-2821
web site:

Visitor Studies Association
PO Box 4375
Columbus, OH 43214
phone: 614/670-7379
fax: 614/4472211
web site:

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