The first conference was held in 1980. An advisory committee for the conference was formed in 2008 from among the conference host museum cities to more formally guide standards of excellence in solidifying the conference’s quality of seminars and speakers and also to stabilize its future. In 2009, the conference expanded its mission from solely art museums as a focus to include science, history, and culture museums. In 2010, the conference officially changed its name to the American Museum Membership Conference to reflect the broader scope of museum participation. In 2011, the advisory committee was transitioned into the AMMC Board as we incorporated as a nonprofit to oversee conference operations.