Iowa Museum Week:  An Initiative of the Iowa Museum Association - always the second week of June.

June 7-13, 2021 (Monday-Sunday)

June 6-12, 2022 (Monday-Sunday)

The Iowa Museum Association makes these tools available to assist members in participating in Iowa Museum Week.  Use this opportunity to raise awareness of the awesomeness of your museum and the many ways it engages with the community.

Social Media Plan

Graphic Files
Proclamation Text
Template Press Release
Fact Sheet
Economic Impact

Template Press Release
(Microsoft Word Document)
Iowa Museum Week Flier
(Adobe PDF File)
Iowa Economic Impact
(Adobe PDF File)

Iowa Museum Week June 8-14, 2020. 

Governor Reynolds issued the following proclamation on May 14, 2020:

WHEREAS,     Iowa’s museums provide educational resources and programs that support educators, expand learning opportunities for all ages, and provide active learning environments; and 

WHEREAS,     Iowa’s museums enrich our communities and contribute to the state economy through job creation, industry attraction, and worker retention; the purchase of goods and services; and as leading visitor destinations, attract tourism revenue to their communities and the state; and

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

WHEREAS,    Iowa’s museums have risen to the challenging environment created by the COVID-19 virus and are serving their communities in many ways, including providing digital resources and on-line educational activities and are collecting and documenting the pandemic; and

WHEREAS,     for all these reasons, Iowa’s museums are essential community anchor organizations and enhance the quality of life throughout our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the week of June 8-14, 2020, as


and encourage the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate by supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.

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 when safe to do so.
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 at a future time.
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 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 

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Advocacy Day, Washington D.C.

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. 

Use this opportunity in whatever manner works best for your museum.  Make sure that whatever you choose to do it is RELEVANT and MEANINGFUL to your community and that you GET THE WORD OUT.

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.
Connect with us during Iowa Museum Week!