Set Your Sights on Phoenix
May 6-9, 2018 – Phoenix Convention Center

Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is now open. Register today for the lowest rate.


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.

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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.

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Collections Stewardship

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

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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.


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.

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Education Audience Research and 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.