Who We Are
The National Association of Museum Schools (NAMS) is a newly formed corporation dedicated to supporting current museum schools, future museum schools, museums, arts organizations, schools and other community organizations in the development of effective hands-on, real-world learning opportunities for children and young adolescents.
NAMS is specifically designed to support and impact:
- Museum school staff and students
- Non-museum school staff and students
- Museums, zoos, centers, and other organizations interested in meaningful partnerships with local schools
- Educators within school districts and Colleges of Education
- Founding boards and community groups interested in opening a charter school
There are approximately 40 museum schools across the country, representing a variety of student populations and communities. These museum schools partner with countless museums to bring learning to life for a diverse group of P-12 students. Though each school is unique, they all prioritize the building of partnerships with museums to engage students in learning opportunities that are interactive, engaging, and meaningful. Museum schools, housed in urban and rural settings across the US, successfully serve students that represent a variety of cultural, geographic and economic experiences.
NAMS is situated to bring museum schools and museums together to share their experiences and expand impact throughout the country. Drawing upon the extensive partnerships among current museums and their museum school partners, NAMS strives to expand this impact by sharing the unique pedagogy and best practices of museum schools and their museum partners with all schools and all museums.
As a member of the National Association of Museum Schools, museums and schools have the unique opportunity to learn with like-minded partners that value museum/school partnerships and their significant impact. Members also have access to and support implementing the scalable features and elements of successful K-12 museum/school collaborations.