Power, Influence and Responsibility

How can museums best use their power? Gain insights from thought leaders inside and outside the field.

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Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Washington, DC May 26 - 29, 2016. 

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Exhibit at MuseumExpo, the largest gathering of museum professionals, and connect with high-level decision-makers such as directors, curators, financial officers, exhibit design professionals, educators and registrars.

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Travel and Housing

Welcome to Washington, DC! Our city has one of the largest concentrations of museums in the world. Find a hotel within walking distance from some of our nation's treasures.

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Video: Experience Our City and Our Museums

Leaders from local museums welcome you and share why Washington, DC is the perfect setting for the 2016 Annual Meeting.

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Visit with more than 250 exhibitors all in one convenient place. Discover products, services, and technologies that will take your programs and institution to the next level.


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Featured Speakers

Hear TV host Mo Rocca interview David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group, and get inspired by many of the top leaders in the museum field.


Museum Event Planner Forum

The Alliance is excited to partner with the Association for Women in Events to introduce programming for the museum event professional and those with event management responsibilities. More

Museum Event Planner Forum

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, May 28
8 a.m. – 12 noon

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General Session: Robert Edsel

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Friday, May 27
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

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MuseumExpo Brunch

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
MuseumExpo Hall
Thursday, May 26
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

General Session: David Rubenstein

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Sunday, May 29, 2016
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

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The Party (Event Full)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Saturday, May 28, 2016
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Complimentary tickets to The Party available to Full Registrants on a first come, first served basis.  This event is now full.   Tickets are no longer available.



Our Annual Meeting offers tracks to help attendees find sessions that relate to their job or functional area. Each session will be tagged with a track.

Career Management

Get practical guidance, tools and strategies for all staff -- emerging, mid-career and senior level. Session topics range from resume writing to networking, to managing career transitions. See a List of Sessions

Collections Management

Learn and discuss the fundamentals and emerging issues in collections stewardship such as ownership, care, documentation, accessibility, and responsible deaccessioning and disposal. See a List of Sessions

Curatorial Practice

Today’s curators have a dynamic role. Explore the practical elements of curatorial practice including technology, scholarship, interpretive planning, and hear about new approaches to collecting. See a List of Sessions

Development & Membership

Find out how museums are adjusting to the ever-changing fundraising climate, with strategies to generate revenue and engage members. Sessions include grants, capital campaigns, philanthropy and membership. See a List of Sessions

Education Audience Research & Evaluation

Sharpen your ability to deliver a compelling educational experience for visitors. Sessions present best practices, research and evaluation that reaffirms the museum’s vital role in lifelong learning. See a List of Sessions

Exhibit Planning & Design

Discuss evolving practices in the planning and design of exhibitions. Learn how to produce exhibitions that are intellectually stimulating, emotionally engaging and physically accessible. See a List of Sessions

Facilities Management

Gain practical advice and strategies for all types of museum facilities. Sessions address accessibility, environmental sustainability, safety and security for visitors, staff and collections. See a List of Sessions

Forces of Change

Hear how museums are confronting rapid change -- climate, ecological, demographic, cultural and technological. Find out how they are engaging their communities on these issues, in the U.S. and worldwide. See a List of Sessions

Management & Administration

Learn techniques to manage, people, projects and budgets. Sessions include attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, financial stability and new business models, and legal compliance. See a List of Sessions

Marketing & Community Engagement

Get new strategies to attract and retain audiences as you partner with and serve your community. Sessions explore inclusion, accessibility and the importance of data-driven decision-making. See a List of Sessions

Media & Technology

Stay ahead of emerging opportunities and challenges related to technology. Sessions include software, online security and privacy, museum websites, new media, mobile applications, and augmented reality. See a List of Sessions

Museum Directors

Tap into the newest thinking and approaches to leadership and organizational development. Sessions include building your team, future trends, advocacy, ethics and strategic partnerships. See a List of Sessions
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Plan Your Schedule

Browse the full listing of sessions, speakers and events. Follow a track or build your own schedule to make the most of your time in Washington, DC! More

Local Host Committee

Our Local Host Committee is comprised of DC museum leaders who have prepared an engaging slate of local activities and services to make your visit memorable. More
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Thank you to our Sponsors

The Alliance appreciates all of our sponsors who generously support the museum community and the 2016 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. More
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