NEMA's Mission Statement


NEMA inspires and connects people engaged with the museum field, provides tools for innovative leadership, and empowers museums to sustain themselves as essential to their communities.

Adopted by the NEMA Board of Directors, June 2014.



Museums are vital.





NEMA accomplishes its work by aspiring to professionalism and excellence in all we do.

  • We are inclusive and model accessibility: Every museum matters. Every visitor matters.
  • We value honesty: Truth‐telling is important.
  • We care about people, and the objects and places that they value.
  • We are responsive: We serve the needs of our museum community.

Adopted by the NEMA Board of Directors, December 2017.