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Early Bird (before February 1): $399 Member | $475 Non-Member
Regular: $445 Member | $525 Non-Member
One Day: $250
Student: $125

Program and Schedule: To download Building Musuems FINAL Schedule, please click here.


Omni Shoreham Hotel
62500 Calvert Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

Don’t Delay! Call 202-234-0700 or click here to reserve a MAAM discounted Building Museums Symposium room rate ($149 per night, plus tax). Please Note: MAAM conference room rates end on January 24, 2017.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: For a full description of sponsorship opportunities available, please download this PDF.


Ready, Aim, Build: A Museum Planning Workshop: Attend this day of discussion, conversation, networking, and inquiry at the Omni Shoreham Hotel with a group of your peers. A multi-disciplinary group, including museum planners, architects, engineers, exhibit designers, and general contractors will take you through the museum-building process -- from inception to construction. Lunch will be provided. AIA continuing education credits are available. Registration is available through the main conference registration link as an add on option after you select your conference attendance option (MAAM Member, Non-Member, etc.) 

Tours of Museums and Galleries:


8:10-10:00 am: Private Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Visit the Smithsonian's newest museum that makes a powerful declaration that the African American Story, "I Too Sing America," is a central part of the American story. According to the New York Times, "It's here at last. And it's more than just impressive. It's a data-packed, engrossing, mood-swinging must-see." Transportation to this tour is NOT provided. SOLD OUT
*DISCLAIMER* THE TOUR FEE OF $15 collected from participants goes directly to the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. This fee is not for admission to the museum. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is free and open to the public.


1:00 - 4:00 pm: Private Tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's New Collections Conservation and Research Center
Join this behind-the-scenes visit to The David and Fela Shapell Collections Research Center in Bowie, MD. The center will officially open in April 2017. This tour of the 103,000 square-foot, climate-controlled, permanent home of the U.S. Holocaust Museum collections will showcase the new facility and provide an ideal opportunity to examine the collections move in progress. Transportation will be provided to Bowie, MD from the Omni Shoreham Hotel


2:00 - 4:30 pm: Private Hard Hat Tour of the Museum of the Bible
Take a hard-hat tour of the 430,000 square-foot Museum of the Bible. Currently under construction, the new museum is planned to open in November 2017. The non-sectarian Museum of the Bible is housed in a former refrigerated warehouse and features a private collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities, rare texts, and other artifacts. The Museum of the Bible has restored key features of the original building while removing multiple floor slabs to make way for the required height of the exhibition galleries. Transportation to the Museum of the Bible will NOT be provided.


3:30 - 5:00 pm: Private Tour of the newly renovated Renwick Gallery
Discover how a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, and contractors led the major renovation of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn how the project preserves and respects the historic character of this 1859 Landmark, while modernizing infrastructure with state-of-the-art sustainable and energy-efficient technologies. Once considered a "hidden gem," the newly reopened space has become a popular destination, exceeding previous annual visitation numbers within sex weeks of reopening. Transportation to the Renwick Gallery will NOT be provided

Registration for all tours is available through the main conference registration link as an add on option after you select your conference attendance option (MAAM Member, Non-Member, etc.)  The rate is $15 for each tour.

About the Symposium




The symposium is organized under three inter-related themes: Vision, Implementation, and Sustainability (or Life after Opening) . The content of each day will reflect these themes across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collecting institutions.




This symposium is for architects, museum leaders, planners, project managers, technical experts, and all those who plan or implement new construction, renovation, or expansion projects for museums. Whether your institution is a small historic site under renovation, a mid-sized art museum planning an expansion, or a large children’s museum building a new facility, this symposium is for you.


Building Museums® is an annual international symposium created, produced and managed by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums [MAAM] but is open to everyone with an interest in this important topic.



 Attending the symposium will provide you the opportunity to:


  •     Better understand the process of planning, implementing, and surviving new construction, renovation, or expansion projects
  •     Examine case studies, current trends, topical issues, and specific projects related to building projects across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, diversity of disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collections-holding institutions
  •     Actively discuss museum building projects with other museum professionals, architects, planners, project managers, and technical experts to better inform the process of building
  •     Access resources for architectural firms, consultants, museum projects, and museum leaders through the Building Museums Resource Guide.

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