Conferences and Workshops

PA Museums posts statewide, regional, and national conferences and workshops that may be of interest to our members. Our own conferences and workshops are at Programs and Services.

To submit a listing, please contact us.




Upcoming Programs with the American Association for State and Local History

Webinar: Making History Relevant
January 19
Cost: FREE for everyone

Online Course: Leadership and Administration in History Organizations
January 22 – March 23
Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers

Online Course: Developing Exhibitions (Part 1)
January 22 – March 23
Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers

Webinar: Caring for Paper Collections
January 23
Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers

Online Course: Collections Management
January 29 – March 30
Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers

Webinar: Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture
January 30
Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers

Online Course: Basics of Archives
February 26 – March 30
Cost: $85 members/$160 nonmembers


Cash in on Heritage
A Heritage Tourism Summit with the Washington County Heritage Association
January 27, 2018
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Attention all organizations and businesses interested in cashing in on heritage tourism by increasing visitors and customers. Discover how to make your business or venue a “must see” destination!

Spend the morning making new connections and learning from industry experts about creating dynamic, collaborative visitor experiences. The Summit’s offerings will include:

· Keynote Speaker: Tom Starinsky – Associate Director, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp & Historic Warehouse District Development Corp – Cleveland, Ohio

· Amanda Dunyak Gillen – Director of Learning & Visitor Experience – The Frick

· Presentations on millennial marketing, creating experiences, media and public relations, as well as engaging with educators and students

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast. Summit from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with optional afternoon distillery, winery, and historical tours.

Please click here for more information and registration.



Digital Projects for Arts and Culture, Free Webinar with Interactive Mechanics
Tuesday, January 30th, 3pm

Are you getting started with a website redesign, mobile app, or new interactive exhibit? Or are you hoping to start a digital project in the future?

Join Interactive Mechanics’ Marketing Manager LaNeshe Miller-White to increase your understanding of digital projects from concept to completion. In this digital primer, you’ll learn how to define key elements of your project, conduct relevant research, draft a request for proposals, select a vendor, and maintain your project once it’s built. We’ll also discuss common project types and key terminology, so you can feel confident talking to partners, funders, external stakeholders, and your team.
2018 Small Museum Association Annual Conference
February 18 – 20, 2018
The Hotel at the University of MD
7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Registration is open.


Museums Advocacy Day with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
February 26-27, 2018
Washington, DC

The American Alliance of Museums is organizing Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC to bring its members together with U.S. House and Senate offices. Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with other museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. PA Museums is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day. The 2017 event brought together over 380 advocates in Washington, D.C. Save the dates, February 26-27, 2018.

Registration is open.


The Building Museums Symposium with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
March 9-11, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Join museum colleagues, architects, other design and construction professionals, and project funders in lively conversation about what is involved in a museum building project.

Attend a day-long workshop on all the elements you need to know to plan, design, and build a successful and sustainable new museum or addition to an existing museum. Learn about planning and building best practices, and how to identify project “red flags.”

Visit new and refurbished museums by attending behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the 2018 winners of the prestigious Buildy Award given to honor exemplary museum building projects. Network with conferees at special receptions and informal “birds of a feather” gatherings.

Registration is open.


Find Your Centre: Cultivating Community Connections
PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
Centre County, PA
April 15-17, 2018

We are actively seeking sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for our conference. Registration will open in late January.



Annual Meeting and Museum Expo
The American Alliance of Museums
May 6-9, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

Registration is open.


Annual Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
October 17-19, 2018
Baltimore, MD