Museums Advocacy Day

Join us in Washington, DC on February 23–26, 2020

Museums Advocacy Day 2020ASTC is pleased to join with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), other partners, and our members in support of Museums Advocacy Day. This annual event offers a unique opportunity for the community to come together to make the case for museums.

Together as a field, we’ve defeated several threats to eliminate federal agencies supporting museums, but we must keep making our case to Congress. Legislators do not know how their decisions affect museums if they don’t hear directly from you—the museums and people they represent. The resources and insights you’ll gain as a participant will help sustain your museum’s future and the future of the field.

In addition to visits with Members of Congress and their staff, ASTC is also providing an opportunity for the community to hear from and connect with a variety of Federal agencies with an interest in science engagement and STEM education. This half-day workshop on the morning of Wednesday, February 26 will engage representatives of agencies with long-standing support for science centers as well as STEM programs that could offer opportunities for increased partnerships with science museums.


Why you should join us

Although ASTC and our partners are working hard to speak on behalf of the community, YOU are the best advocate for science centers and museums. Here’s why you should join us in Washington, D.C.:

  • As a constituent, you elect your Members of Congress—and they are most responsive to the needs of their voters.
  • You understand your local setting and can speak confidently about why museums are important to your community.

Participating in Museums Advocacy Day also has direct benefits to you and your institution:

  • Build relationships with your Members of Congress and their staff.
  • Connect with fellow museum advocates from your region and around the country.
  • Hear from Federal agency and nonprofit leaders and learn about new opportunities for partnership and funding.

You’ll also learn how inspiring, energizing, and impactful being an advocate can be—and come away with the training and tools to continue these efforts at the national, state, and local levels.



Museums Advocacy Day 2020 will be held Sunday through Tuesday, February 23–25, 2020, with an additional half-day event organized by ASTC on the morning of Wednesday, February 26, 2020. View the final program.

Sunday, February 23

  1. Arrival in DC, registration, and materials pickup
  2. Optional afternoon programs, including an “Issues Forum” (2:00-3:00 p.m.) and “What to Expect at Museums Advocacy Day” (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  3. Welcome and networking reception (5:00-6:30 p.m.)

Monday, February 24

  1. Full day of speakers and concurrent sessions
  2. Evening reception for ASTC and Association of Children’s Museum (ACM) members

Tuesday, February 25

  1. Meetings on Capitol Hill
  2. Congressional reception (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 26

Engaging the public in STEM: Connecting Federal agencies with the science center and museum community (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)



Registration for Museums Advocacy Day through AAM is now closed and only being accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending upon capacity and geographic coverage. If you would like to inquire, please contact

You must submit a separate registration for the ASTC-sponsored events on February 24 and 26 through myASTC. ASTC membership is not required for the February 26 session, and these events are available without cost.


Travel and Logistics

The networking reception, orientation, and briefings will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005. AAM has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $199 per night.

ASTC joins with AAM in making attendance at Museums Advocacy Day accessible for all. Please see the accessibility page for information about how to request accommodations.

The Washington, DC, area is served by three airports, so you may wish to check flights to all three before making your reservation:


Spreading the word

Use the hashtags #MuseumsAdvocacy and #MuseumsAdvocacy2020 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Remember to tag @ScienceCenters if you want to reference ASTC.


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