The purpose of the association is to educate the public about the significance of agriculture to human society, to explain the many ways that agriculture has evolved through time, and to facilitate dialogue between museums across the globe about agricultural topics and discoveries.
Historian of English rural life and AIMA honorary member, Ted (E.J.T.) Collins, shares “The history of AIMA: a personal perspective” (2016). For AIMA’s origin tale and first 20 years, see Zdeněk Tempír, “Establishment and Initial Development of International Agricultural Museum Association,” Acta Museorum Agriculturae 22 (1989). Click the hotlinks to learn more about the early history and importance of AIMA.
AIMA is an affiliate of the International Council of Museums and its Strategic Plan (2015-2017) reflects the international nature of the organization.
AIMA is governed by an international Presidium which includes representatives from numerous countries, elected to their terms by AIMA members. The Presidium meets regularly to plan AIMA activities including the Triennial Congress.