The Industry Guide to Museum Conferences

There are over 35,000 museums in the United States, giving way to an abundance of conferences and expos devoted to professionals in the industry. We set out to catalog some of the top events for museum professionals - mainly because we needed it ourselves! Enjoy the fruits of our labor and visit often, as we’ll be updating this page throughout the year and beyond!

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Upcoming Museum Conferences


The Museums Association Conference

Glasgow, Scotland
November 7th - 9th, 2016

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is an annual, 3-day event for professionals to learn, network, and celebrate the museum industry. Filled with workshops, social events, behind-the-scenes tours, expert lectures, and other special events, attendees will engage with an international community passionate about propelling the future of museums, galleries, and heritage sites.


MCN Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana
November 1st - 4th, 2016

The Museum Computer Network’s annual conference is a 4-day gathering of museum practitioners aligned with digital media and technology. This year’s conference, The Human-Centered Museum, will emphasize how museums can harness technology to foster inclusion, accessibility, and agency through a series of workshops, tours, lectures, and other events.


MuseumNext Conference

New York, New York
November 14th - 15th, 2016

MuseumNext is a unique, well-attended conference jam-packed with tours, exhibitions, social events, and curated presentations on the future of museums. The theme for 2016 is Transformation, with topics revolving around museums transforming lives, practices, and places. With annual gatherings in Europe, North America, and a special Australian edition scheduled for next year, MuseumNext is the perfect conference for global attendees. 


AMDA Conference

Beverly Hills, CA
June 20th - 23rd, 2016

Learn about emerging industry trends, connect with peers, and share skills at the AMDA Conference, an exclusive annual meeting of chief development officers of art museums across America. The conference is hosted by a different art museum each year and features a variety of topics and events for top-level development executives.


Museums and the Web Conference

Cleveland, OH
April 19th - 22nd, 2017

For tech buffs, the annual Museums and the Web Conference focuses on advanced research and applications of digital practice for museums and heritage sites. Attendees will be able to participate in workshops, demonstrations, networking opportunities, and expert talks to learn the latest about digital innovations in the museum industry.


Southeastern Museums Conference

Charlotte, North Carolina
October 10th - 12th, 2016

SEMC’s Annual Meeting is a gathering of museum professionals based in the Southeastern region of the United States. The conference is packed with a variety of tours (walking, running, and Segways!) as well as a plethora of information-packed presentations on a wide variety of industry topics. While primarily a regional event, topics are broad enough for all attendees to enjoy regardless of origin.


Inclusive Museum Conference

Cincinnati, OH
September 16th - 19th, 2016

The Inclusive Museum’s annual conference covers a variety of presentations and workshops dedicated to fostering inclusivity across museums around the world. Attendees are encouraged to learn not only from speakers, but other attending professionals throughout the 4-day event. For 2016, the conference’s theme focuses on urbanism, inclusion, and cultural freedoms.

Past Museum Conferences

American Museum Membership Conference

Chicago, IL
April 11th - 14th, 2016

The AMMC conference is an annual event dedicated exclusively to membership professionals in the museum industry. Attendees can expect to learn about a variety of issues and innovations revolving around museum membership and fundraising.