2020 Building Museums™ Symposium

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. Marketed in partnership with the Association of Midwest Museums

Thanks for coming!

At this year’s Symposium, we saw 496 attendees from 5 countries and 36 states including the District of Columbia. We hope to see you next year in Washington D.C.!


If you attended Building Museums™  in Chicago, we’d like to ask for your assistance in quelling the spread of COVID-19.

Please note that as of Wednesday, 3/17/2020, no one that attended Building Museums has reported any cases of COVID-19.

What to do if you do acquire COVID-19
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office. Once you do seek medical care, follow the doctor’s orders for care or for in-home isolation
  • Notify your employer
  • Notify us by email or phone if you acquire COVID-19 within the next two weeks.
    • info@midatlanticmuseums.org or call (607) 431-8248
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For Information for the Museum Field on COVID-19, please refer to AAM’s resources: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/05/information-for-the-museum-field-on-the-covid-19-coronavirus/
The final program is here!
You can submit session evaluations online!

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
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