Annual Meeting 2020

MAAM 2020 will occur online in October 2020

What is the MAAM Annual Meeting?

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting is an annual conference dedicated to fostering excellence in museums by providing our region’s museum professionals with high-quality professional development, networking opportunities, and special events.

UPDATE: Due to the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through the remainder of 2020, MAAM is moving the 2020 Annual Conference online. The Board of Directors and the Staff of MAAM made this decision collectively, determining it to be the safest alternative to meeting in-person. 

The calls for session proposals and Coffey Award Nominations have closed.

We will review both in the coming weeks. We expect to contact Session Proposal Chairs by the middle of June and nominators for the Coffey Award by end of June.

Questions or changes to your proposal? Email

Want to help the MAAM Program Committee review session proposals? Now is your chance!

Interested persons should fill out out our form!

MAAM will select between 3 and 5 reviewers for our Session Review Panel. Reviewers must meet the following requirements:
— Reviewer must be a current, active member of MAAM. Visit to view the status of your membership. Only exception to this rule are current graduate students.
— Reviewer must be able to dedicate up to 2 hours over 2-3 days to assist in selecting sessions.
— Reviewer must be available to assist in following-up with session chairs during the month of June.
— If by chance a reviewer is selected and that person has either submitted a session proposal or are listed on the panel of said proposal, they must remove themselves from deliberation of that session and abstain from voting for that session.

Please note that we are asking for demographic information. This information will be used to select a panel that reflects the diversity of the MAAM region. You have the option to select “Prefer not to answer”.

Reviewers will receive a complimentary registration to the MAAM 2020 Virtual Conference.

This form will be open to applicants until 5pm EST Friday, June 12, 2020.

UPDATE: Due to the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through the remainder of 2020, MAAM is moving the 2020 Annual Conference online. The Board of Directors and the Staff of MAAM made this decision collectively, determining it to be the safest alternative to meeting in-person. The Virtual Conference will take place between October 5-16, 2020.

Questions? Email

The Conference, originally scheduled to take place Oct 14-16, will take place over the course of approximately 5-10 days in October. We will keep you informed about exact dates as soon as possible.

Below are further updates about the 2020 Virtual Conference and beyond:

  • MAAM 2020 will be held in October 2020. We are steering away from a strict 2.5 day format, and we will push out over the span of a few days. Dates are TBD.
  • We will be looking at various online platforms for the Conference (Zoom, Twitch, etc.)
  • Our Program Committee is working hard to ensure that MAAM 2020 does not focus solely on Zoom Webinars and strict lecture content. We are committed to making it as useful, collaborative, social, and accessible to museum professionals at every stage of their careers as possible.
  • We are looking at various ways to keep this conference as affordable as possible for attendees.
  • MAAM 2021 will occur in Wilmington at the Hotel DuPont.
  • We are opening the call for sessions and Coffey Awards again. The new deadline to submit is May 22nd.

Our decision to move online is motivated by health and safety precautions as well as understanding that soon you and your museums or organizations will be working hard to navigate this new reality. We plan to make our 2020 Virtual Conference as affordable and accessible as possible to our members, industry partners, and our friends in the field.

We look forward to welcoming you to MAAM in-person again at our 2021 Annual Meeting scheduled for October 14-16, 2021 in Wilmington, DE at the Hotel DuPoint, or at Building Museums in Late Winter/Spring of 2021.

Stay tuned, more updates on our Virtual Conference will be coming available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. For the latest news, subscribe to our e-news by clicking here.

2020 Annual Conference theme

Do Museums Still Need Objects?

Once perceived as static “cabinets of curiosities”, museums are now evolving their missions to meet the needs of their ever-changing communities. As we think about how museums will look in the future, we also need to think about how collections serve diverse audiences. The question remains: Do museums still need objects?

The MAAM Annual Conference will examine this question in its entirety. We will discuss the ways in which art, history, and science collections can play a new, or different, role in the museum. We will discuss how digital technologies make collections more accessible to communities. We will discuss how museums thrive with and without collections. We will discuss tough topics regarding collections. We want to know what you think about this question!

Conference Registration

Registration will open in late August.

Registration is hosted through MAAM’s Membership and Event Registration page at:

The Board and Staff at MAAM are actively discussing a new model for registration rates. Check back for updates.

Off-Site Tours, Special Events, and Workshops

Registration for off-site tours, special events, and workshops will be hosted in a separate event page through MAAM’s Membership and Event Registration page at:

Non-conference attendees can register for off-site tours and workshops through this event page. As always, MAAM members receive a discount for these events!

Registration Cancellation Policy and Refunds

If you need to cancel your registration for the Annual Meeting, we will provide a refund of the ticket price, less a processing fee, up to 7 days prior to the Annual Meeting start date (TBD soon). We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than 7 days prior to the event explaining the need for a refund.


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