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.

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Striking the Balance: Access vs. Preservation in Museums (Conference)
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
December 5-6, 2019
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

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Innovative educational strategies have revolutionized how art and artifacts are presented to diverse audiences, as a variety of communication styles and learning preferences are considered. Programs that incorporate touch experience, adaptive exhibition environments, and interactive digital encounters relay the story for all. Even the work of conservators and museum professionals may be presented as part of the storytelling, as creative approaches to accessibility and collections care evolve. Yet, these approaches may seem at odds with preservation. The need for accessibility in museums requires a delicate balance between preservation and making materials available and understandable to a large audience with diverse needs. Strategies for promoting access with responsible stewardship is the focus of this conference.

This two-day conference includes the opportunity to explore interactive exhibits and a new special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Topics include:

  • Touch programs with preservation handling
  • ADA considerations in house museums
  • Conservation on exhibit
  • Digitization for accessibility
  • Sensory sensitivity and visitor experience
  • Giving access to university museum students


Museums for All – Free Webinar
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
December 11, 2019, 2 p.m.

Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Mark your calendar to join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on December 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why more than 450 museums participate in the program. Find more information on attending the webinar on the IMLS website.


Beyond the Spreasheet: Finance and Organizational Priorities – Webinar
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
December 12, 2019, 3 p.m.

Many of us recognize the utility of financial management, but struggle with how to best engage it with other organizational activities like strategic planning, operational needs related to programming and community engagement, messaging, and preparation for institutional change. This webinar helps participants foresee and tackle challenges of incohesive financial planning, such as fragmentation within the institution (the “silo effect”), lack of proper fundraising strategy, and potentially weak and even uncompliant organizational management.

In this 75-minute webinar, instructor Becky Beaulieu, author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) will help participants learn to identify financial priorities as they relate to institutional needs and goals. She will also address building buy-in amongst internal and external stakeholders to best position your organization for financial stability and strong partnerships.

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Building Museums Symposium
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
March 4 – 6, 2020
Chicago, IL

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum is currently seeking session proposals. Please click here to see their Call for Session Proposals.


Owning (up to) the Past
The Penn Cultural Heritage Center
April 4, 2020

The Penn Cultural Heritage Center is now accepting proposals for our second annual meeting on community archaeology & heritage! The theme of this year’s conference is “Owning (up to) the Past” and will take place on April 4, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology. We welcome proposals from graduate students and other researchers working in archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage, and related fields.

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Annual Statewide Museum Conference and Special Achievement Awards
PA Museums
April 19-21, 2020
The Senator John Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, PA

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Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo
The American Alliance of Museums
May 17-20, 2020
San Francisco, CA