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Sun, March 18 - Mon, March 19, 2018
2018 North Carolina Museums Council Annual Conference External Event Page
Greensboro, North Carolina
Venue: The Grandover Resort & Conference Center
Where We Meet: Strengthening Community Relations. We hope you’ll join us in Greensboro! //// About our theme: In 2016, fiber artist Janet Echelman unveiled a dramatic 200-foot sculpture rippling in the breeze above the new LeBauer City Park in downtown Greensboro. The inspiration for the design of her piece “Where We Met” was the multiple railway lines converging on Greensboro and its numerous textile mills. In the same way, many threads of our communities connect at our museums. We welcome new audiences, promote new perspectives, and collect local culture. Our museums strive to be gathering places. We anchor economic development, present community stories, and provide learning experiences for everyone. By connecting with our communities, large and small, museums can survive and even thrive under today’s challenging economic and cultural conditions.
Wed, March 21 - Fri, March 23, 2018
Tennessee Association of Museums 2018 Conference External Event Page
Pickwick Dam, Tennessee
Venue: The Inn at Pickwick Landing State Park,
Museums are repositories of art, history, science, and culture and are crucial to community unity in Tennessee whether the communities are large or small. When we come together to share common concerns, success stories, and noble failures, we strengthen our individual institutions, refresh our personal passion for our missions, and become powerful advocates for the importance of museums in our world. The 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference will be held at Pickwick Landing State park near Shiloh, the site of one of the most intense (and storied) battles of the Civil War that helps illustrate what can happen when division gets extreme. It is now more important than ever for museums in Tennessee to search for common ground amongst a diversity of institutions/organizations and beliefs. Like the museums of southwest Tennessee work together with the Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association, museums across Tennessee need to work together to present a united front to advocate for the preservation and sustainability of Tennessee’s vibrant museum community. Join us in March at Pickwick Landing State Park to discover ideas about how we can learn from one another and join in one voice to support the museums across the state of Tennessee.
For more information, please email
Wed, March 21 - Fri, March 23, 2018
South Carolina Federation of Museums 2018 Conference External Event Page
Walhalla, South Carolina
Venue: Oconee Heritage Center
Small Museums...Large Impact: This year we are talking about the different ways small museums and other small cultural institutions impact their communities. //// How has your small museum impacted your community? What successes have you had working with a small budget? Have you found resources that work well for a small museum? Have you collaborated with local governments or institutions? As a larger museum, what ideas and resources can you share that would help small museums? //// Hosted at the Oconee Heritage Center.
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Wed, March 21 - Sat, March 24, 2018
2018 West Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference & Meeting External Event Page
Charleston, West Virginia
Venue: Multiple sites in Charleston, WV
Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether within our organization, county, state, or nation, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
$100 for members, $125 for nonmembers (through March 8); $120 and $150 after March 8
For more information, please call 304-232-3087 or email
Tue, March 27 - Thu, March 29, 2018
2018 Arkansas Museums Association Conference External Event Page
Calico Rock, Arkansas
Venue: Calico Rock Museum and the Ozark Folk Center are hosting sessions
The theme of the conference is Cultural Tapestries: Sharing Ideas and Actions, which celebrates the diversity of museums, their missions, and collections that provide the tapestries of our cultural heritage in Arkansas and the world. Through museum interpretation, we learn of Arkansas's rich stories through music, exhibits, oral histories, flora and fauna, and more which weave the vibrant tapestry of Arkansas history and culture. Please note that registration fees have risen this year due to the increased overhead cost for the conference with more meal offerings than in previous conferences, transportation shuttles to and from both conference sites, and three days of conference-related events. The 2018 Conference will be held in Calico Rock, Arkansas from March 27-29 with the Calico Rock Museum and the Ozark Folk Center hosting sessions and events.
For more information, please call 501-683-1526 or email
Sun, April 8 - Tue, April 10, 2018
Museum Association of New York 2018 Annual Meeting: Visioning Change External Event Page
Rochester, New York
Venue: George Eastman Museum and Hyatt Regency Rochester
Colleagues on our Rochester planning and proposal review committees have helped us bring together play and learning to create a unique 2018 conference experience. Change is coming to New York’s museums in our collections and our visitors, the tools and technologies we use, as well as the types of exhibitions and programs we offer. We are embracing New Americans, learning how to tell and listen to difficult stories, and creating partnerships that help us make room for difference. Come to Rochester and expect change! Erika Sanger, Executive Director
Mon, April 9 - Tue, April 10, 2018
2018 Nebraska Museums Association Conference & Annual Meeting External Event Page
North Platte, Nebraska
Venue: Quality Inn & Suites
North Platte is home to the world’s largest railroad classification yard, helping to keep America moving. Inspired by this impressive piece of human ingenuity, our theme for this year’s NMA Conference is “Museums on Track.” As many museums face increasingly tough challenges, from financial difficulties to aging memberships, what can we do to make sure that our own institutions are “on track” for a bright future? Museum people are big picture people! Join us as we collaboratively explore how to strengthen Nebraska’s many great museums.
Thu, April 12 - Sat, April 14, 2018
2018 Annual Meeting in Cheyenne of Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums External Event Page
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Venue: Make a Reservation at the Radisson Hotel in Cheyenne
2018 CWAM Annual Meeting: Back to Basics Join the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums for a conference offering both basic training and deep dive workshops. Topics include museum administration, collections management, fundraising, education programming and much more!Join us for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming!
Sun, April 15 - Mon, April 16, 2018
2018 Ohio Museums Association Annual Conference  External Event Page
Fairborn, Ohio
Venue: Conference headquarters and venue is the Holiday Inn Dayton-Fairborn.
OMA 2018 - Dayton: In an ever-changing landscape of new technology, new concepts and new experiences, there is a choice: ask big questions and generate extraordinary ideas – or risk becoming obsolete. Across Ohio, museums are tackling the ideas and questions that reshape the way we function, change the way we think and communicate, and impact how we grow and serve both our mission and our communities. This year’s host city knows a thing or two about making new ideas take flight. Join us in Dayton, April 15 and 16 as we explore these topics and more at the 2018 Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference – Dayton.
Sun, April 15 - Tue, April 17, 2018
PA Museums 2018 Annual Statewide Museum Conference External Event Page
Venue: Centre County
Find Your Centre: Cultivating Community Connections. We are currently organizing our 2018 conference. PA Museums is seeking sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors.
Wed, April 18 - Sat, April 21, 2018
Texas Association of Museums (TAM) 2018 Annual Meeting External Event Page
Houston, Texas
Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston
The TAM Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of museum professionals in Texas, attracting upwards of 400 attendees each year from a wide array of museum disciplines. This must-attend event features four days jam-packed with extensive networking and professional development opportunities, innovative sessions with expert presenters, exciting evening events, lively late-night bar sessions, valuable resources, incredible exhibitors and amazing tools for reaching new audiences at your institution. This year, the conference will be held in Houston, April 18 - 21. Among the many highlights of the program – keynote addresses by leaders in the field; a second year of the wildly successful mentor / mentee program; continuing efforts to live stream a select number of conference sessions; a competitive student poster session; fun events throughout downtown Houston, Texas, showcasing the local museum community, and more. The TAM Annual Meeting is the perfect opportunity to step out of your daily routine and do something different; a chance to refresh, reinvigorate and get inspired to tackle another year at your museum. Come join us!
Thu, April 26 - Mon, April 30, 2018
Museum Store Association "Forward 2018" is headed to Washington, DC in 2018. External Event Page
Washington, District of Columbia
Venue: Renaissance Washington
From April 26 to 30, MSA will bring together hundreds of vendors and buyers to learn, network and discover products perfect for your customers. Our three-day, information-filled conference sessions provide the knowledge to help the way you run your store the most effective. Each conference session is designed to help nonprofit retailers be successful. The MSA Forward 2018 theme is “Mastering Non-Profit Retail”.
Wed, May 2 - Sat, May 5, 2018
NGS 2018 Family History Conference External Event Page
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Venue: DeVos Place Convention Center
Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference. The upcoming NGS 2018 Family History Conference will be the first national genealogical conference held in Michigan. As the second largest city in the state, Grand Rapids is a one day drive or less from most Midwestern cities, has a thriving economy with a small-town feel, friendly people, and safe walkable streets. The NGS Family History Conference, 2–5 May 2018 is your opportunity to choose from more than 175 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with over 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always much new to learn and discover.
Fri, May 4 - Sat, May 5, 2018
Hawai'i Museums Association 2018 Annual Conference External Event Page
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Venue: East West Center’s Imin Conference Center
2018 Annual Conference: This year’s HMA conference theme is CHANGE! Hosted at the beautiful East West Center’s Imin Conference Center from May 4 – 5th, 2018 (special reception on the night of May 3). A Few Things To Note: The conference fee includes a Continental Breakfast both mornings but you need to sign up for lunch. The East West Center’s reception is free but you do need to sign up. Remember, the Public Art Bus Tour is for conference attendees only.
Sun, May 6 - Wed, May 9, 2018
AAM 2018 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Phoenix External Event Page
Phoenix, Arizona
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center‎
The largest gathering of museum professionals in the world, the AAM Annual Meeting brings together authoritative voices and information pioneers to deliver world-class professional development experiences for the 5,000+ individuals who participate. Learn what exhibitors have long known—that a presence at MuseumExpo leads to a significant increase in museum market share. MuseumExpo offers your organization top-level exposure to decision-makers across the museum leadership spectrum.
Tue, May 15 - Fri, May 18, 2018
InterActivity 2018 for Association of Children Museums External Event Page
Raleigh, North Carolina
Venue: Marbles Kids Museum
Open Source Play, Sharing the Creative Code: Hosted by Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, NC ACM and Team Marbles invite you to Marbles Kids Museum in Downtown Raleigh for InterActivity 2018: Open Source Play, Sharing the Creative Code. What's Open Source Play? It's the intersection between children's museums and Open Source innovation, the big, bold idea revolutionizing global technology. In a region known for its global tech leaders, we'll explore how innovation is fueled by the open exchange of ideas, engaged participation, and the strength of community. We'll embrace the unfamiliar to inform how we can deliver transformative play experiences in our communities. Open Source principle apply to all aspects of our field: fresh and innovative thinking in the development of play experiences, people management, and community engagement. Let's create bigger, better ideas and inspired impact across the field. Let's drive innovation and experience to a new level of collaboration.
Fri, June 1 - Tue, June 5, 2018
2018 ALHFAM Annual Meeting External Event Page
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Venue: Oklahoma Historical Society and Cherokee Nation
Upcoming Annual Conferences 2018: Interpreting Our Multicultural Past: Oklahoma Historical Society and Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference is the largest single gathering of the ALHFAMily. Hosted each year by a member institution in the United States or Canada, the format includes formal papers, interactive workshops, the Annual Business Meeting, site visits and multiple opportunities for informal discussion. Sharing, fun and learning go hand-in-hand at this meeting, considered by many to be one of the most useful museum conferences available.
Fri, June 8 - Sat, June 9, 2018
Florida Lighthouse Association Spring Meeting 2018 External Event Page
St. Marks, Florida
Venue: St. Marks Lighthouse
Spring Meeting - St. Marks: Start 08 Jun 2018 1:00 PM ///// End 09 Jun 2018 5:00 PM ///// Location is St. Marks. Please visit our website for more details. Details to be posted later
Wed, July 18 - Sat, July 21, 2018
Concurrently AMM-IAM Conference will be held with the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) Conference. for 2018 External Event Page
Chicago, Illinois
Venue: Hilton Chicago
Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust: Chicago, July 2018! The Association of Midwest Museums is partnering with the Illinois Association of Museums to host a joint annual conference in Chicago, IL on July 18-21, 2018. The AMM-IAM Conference will be held concurrently with the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) Conference. The concurrent conferences will share a few key activities, including the keynote speaker and exhibit and resource hall, and will feature parallel tracks of workshops and breakout sessions. We encourage attendees to register for both conferences, to gain access to a variety of professional development opportunities. Special rates apply for dual registrations!
Wed, August 8 - Sat, August 11, 2018
40th annual conference of The Association of African American Museums (AAAM)  External Event Page
Hampton, Virginia
Venue: Hampton University Museum
AAAM has reached a milestone: 40 years of gathering the black museums field together for advocacy, professional development, and collaboration. Hosted by the Hampton University Museum, marking its 150th anniversary, the 40th annual conference of AAAM will be held in Hampton, Virginia, August 8-11, 2018. The conference will be inspirational and aspirational, reflective and forward-looking. While change sweeps our political and cultural landscape, African American museums anchor our communities and remind us how to persist and thrive. Our museums draw on the history and culture of rich legacies that prevail through peril, and we have much to celebrate. With that in mind, this conference will expand an understanding of the important roles of African American museums in all walks of life including the arts, sciences, social justice activism, advocacy, and leadership from the past to the present and beyond. This occasion provides an opportunity to look at how our museums function in the pragmatic terms of collections stewardship, fundraising, operations, community engagement, programming, and marketing.
Mon, September 10 - Wed, September 12, 2018
Utah Museum Association 2018 Annual Conference  External Event Page
Salt Lake City, Utah
Venue: University Guest House & Conference Center
Museums: A Catalyst for Belonging. As professionals we feel comfortable in museums, but what about the communities that we are preserving and representing? Do new staff, board members, volunteers, and recent arrivals to the neighborhood feel like welcome voices in our institutions? Simply put, do people that come into our spaces feel like they belong there? Museums should be venues for conversation and understanding, creating safe spaces for dialogue through narrative, collecting, programming, and discovery. Beginning to address belonging and diversity issues can be daunting and are often fraught with missteps. How can we learn from the experiences of colleagues both within and outside the museum field to remain committed and successful in creating a culture of belonging in Utah Museums?
Wed, September 12 - Sat, September 15, 2018
Museums Alaska: 2018 Conference External Event Page
Venue: Nome, Alaska
The 2018 conference will be held in Nome, Alaska, September 12-15th. Please check our website for more information.
Fri, September 21 - Mon, September 24, 2018
2018 Oklahoma Museum Association Conference External Event Page
Edmond, Oklahoma
Venue: The 2018 Conference Hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond Conference Center
Theme: Reaching New Heights: Best Practices for Elevating Your Museum. 2018 Conference Discount Rate limited slots have been filled. Look for early bird rates in spring 2018. Thank you to the following exhibitors who have committed to being exhibitors at the 2018 OMA conference; Back40 Design /// Certified Folder Display Service, Inc. /// Exhibit Concepts, Inc. /// Martin&Martin Design /// Oklahoma Arts Council /// Oklahoma Department of Libraries /// Southwest Solutions Group, Inc. /// The Donning Company Publishers /// University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts /// University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies /// University of Oklahoma Press /// University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies /// Vann & Associates /// Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art.
Sun, September 23 - Thu, September 27, 2018
Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) 2018 Annual Conference  External Event Page
Seattle, Washington
Venue: All meetings, program sessions, General Sessions, and Exhibit Hall events will take place at the Was
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. The Conference offers attendees valuable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to explore cutting-edge product and service providers. Attending the AZA Annual Conference provides opportunities to: Explore ideas and best practices with more than 150 education program sessions ///// poster presentations ///// and round-table topic discussions ///// Discover successes and lessons learned from a community of veterans and young professionals – large and small facilities alike ///// Experience new technology and services in a diverse Exhibit Hall featuring more than 150 companies and organizations showcasing their latest products ///// Connect with more than 2,800 dedicated colleagues at AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos who share a common vision to protect and save species. Hosted by the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.
Sat, September 29 - Tue, October 2, 2018
ASTC 2018 Annual Conference - Association of Science - Technology Centers External Event Page
Hartford, Connecticut
Venue: Connecticut Science Center in Hartford
Thank you to everyone who made ASTC 2017 a great success, especially our host The Tech Museum of Innovation and our sponsors! Save the dates—next year’s conference will be hosted by Connecticut Science Center, September 29–October 2, 2018. Make this premier global networking and professional-growth event part of your 2018 staff-development and budget planning now.
Sun, October 7 - Tue, October 9, 2018
Iowa Museum Association 2018 Conference External Event Page
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: Country Inn and Suites
The Iowa Museum Association annually holds a statewide conference to provide professional development and networking opportunities. The Annual Meeting of the Iowa Museum Association is also held during the annual conference, which moves around the state. the IMA Conference will be held in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. The UNI Museums, UNI Gallery of Art, James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls Historical Society, and Hartman Nature Reserve will all be utilized for conference venues. Country Inn and Suites is the conference hotel.
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Mon, October 8 - Wed, October 10, 2018
Southeastern Museums 2018 Conference External Event Page
Venue: Jackson, Mississippi
The Southeastern Museums Conference is one of the largest and friendliest regional museum associations in the nation, representing twelve states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Known for its creative programs and exciting evening events, SEMC's "all in one" registration encourages informal interaction between Resource Expo exhibitors and meeting participants. SEMC's Annual Meeting and Resource Expo are perfect formats for businesses to directly reach museum decision-makers. Museum leaders in many different disciplines include directors, curators, registrars, exhibit designers and educators. Resource Expo hours and activities are scheduled to encourage maximum traffic and exposure for your products and services.
Wed, October 17 - Sat, October 20, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums 2018 Annual Meeting External Event Page
Baltimore, Maryland
Venue: Conference Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton – Baltimore Inner Harbor
We are divided as a nation–politically, socially, culturally. But museums are one place where Americans can come together–to learn, to think, to enjoy, to see ourselves reflected, to understand others who are different, and to heal. Museums have a significant role to play in igniting dialogue and change in our communities through dynamic programs, collections, and exhibitions–the sky is the limit. Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned veteran,​ the MAAM Conference is the place to find the most up-to-date information to make your museum thrive. Join us in Baltimore, Charm City, and the place for fun, food and great museums– for the 2018 Annual Conference. Our sessions will spark you​r​ creativity and offer practical solutions and workable models for making museums really matter in their communities. Envision change, implement new ideas, take action, and ​secure funding. Museums matter now.
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Sun, October 21 - Wed, October 24, 2018
Western Museums Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting External Event Page
Tacoma, Washington
Venue: Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WN
The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting is INSPIRE, and will focus on the ways museums inspire action, change, and unity. The Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Annual Meeting is known as a premier venue for those who work in the museum industry to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Attendees come away inspired and energized about their profession. Upon returning home, they seek out opportunities to grow and further the creative culture that is the foundation of our society. The 2018 Program promises to provide a multitude of perspectives representative of today’s museum landscape, and continue the WMA’s rich tradition of provocative programming and educational opportunities.