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.


Free Webinar – How to Create Unique Fundraising Events that Excite Your Donors
Chad Barger, Productive Fundraising
July 24, 2019, 12 p.m.

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on improving your organization’s special events. Chad will review the ideal revenue model for events and his rules for event sanity. He will then provide some real world examples on how to move your events in that direction. It is about working smarter, not harder.

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Webinar: Museums for All
July 25, 1 p.m.

Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?  Join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on July 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why 400 museums participate in the program. Find more information on how to attend the informational webinar on the IMLS website.


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Choosing a Collections Management System
July 30, 2019, 3 p.m.

Is your organization planning on acquiring a Collections Management System (CMS)? This webinar will help you plan the process whether you are acquiring a CMS for the first time or changing to a new one. You’ll learn about the important steps in putting together an RFP and how to prepare for a transition into a new system.

Speakers Shelia Carey and Jessica Jenkins are co-authors of the forthcoming Technical Leaflet: Choosing a Collections Management System. Webinar participants will receive a copy of the Technical Leaflet. Please click here for registration information.


Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections
August 8 – September 29, 2019

Annual Conference
August 28-31, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Please click here for more information. Registration is open.

Online Course: Museum and Education Outreach
September 9 – November 1, 2019


IMLS Grants Workshop
September 24, 2019
Newark, NJ

This full-day workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of the IMLS grant programs administered by the Office of Museum Services (OMS), special initiatives such as MAP, CAP, Museums for All, and Museums for Digital Learning, and other agency priorities and resources. OMS staff will help prospective applicants walk through the nuts and bolts of putting together a successful IMLS application.

Space is limited and registration is required. Attendance is limited to two staff members per institution. For additional details and event updates, please visit the workshop event page on the IMLS website.


The 2019 Visitor Experience Conference
Visitor Experience Group
October 13-15, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Please click here for more details and registration information.


MAAM Annual Meeting 2019
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
October 16-18, 2019
West Point, NY

Diversity and Emerging Museum Professionals’ fellowships are available to attend MAAM.


Museum Trustee Association
October 17-20, 2019
Cleveland, OH

Twice a year, MTA convenes gatherings of museum board members and senior staff to discuss and ignite conversations around topics essential to museum trustees today. Please click here for details, and use this link for registration.

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists(ARCS) Biennial Conference

November 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Registration is open.


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.


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

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