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MARCH 9–11, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums presents Building Museums 2018

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Cancellation Policy and Refunds

If you need to cancel your registration for Building Museums™, we will provide a refund of the ticket price, less a $20 processing fee, up to March 2, 2018. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through Eventbrite no later than March 2, 2018 explaining the need for a refund.

After March 2, 2018, no refunds will be granted.

All refunds will be processed after the conference concludes.


Join museum colleagues, architects, other design and construction professionals, and project funders in lively conversation about what is involved in a museum building project.

Attend a day-long workshop on all the elements you need to know to plan, design, and build a successful and sustainable new museum or addition to an existing museum. Learn about planning and building best practices, and how to identify project “red flags.”

Visit new and refurbished museums by attending behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the 2018 winners of the prestigious Buildy Award given to honor exemplary museum building projects. Network with conferees at special receptions and informal “birds of a feather” gatherings.

As in other years, there will be AIA continuing education credits for the workshop and sessions.

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Preliminary Program

Want to find out all the details of the Building Museums 2018 Symposium? Look no further! Check out our program for everything you need to know.

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Sponsorship Opportunities for Building Museums 2018 is now open!

Conference Hotel:
DoubleTree Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107


Call 215-893-1600 to reserve a MAAM discounted Building Museums™ Symposium room rate of $159 per night or go to this link to book directly:

MAAM conference room rates end on February 15, 2018.

Call for Volunteers

MAAM has a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals to assist with its upcoming Building Museums Symposium. In exchange, volunteers receive significantly reduced conference registration ($100). Students and emerging professionals in need (those who work at small museums and cannot afford to attend the conference because of limited institutional budget) may apply. Volunteers are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis to fill specific volunteer positions. We try to ensure that as many of the graduate programs in the region as possible are represented among conference volunteers.

Volunteer positions include:

  • Assisting with check-in at the conference and at conference events (e.g. Opening Reception, Saturday Reception)
  • Distributing and collecting session evaluations
  • Photographing various events at the conference

To apply to be a volunteer, please send the following to

  • Your resume
  • A brief statement of interest outlining your reasons for wanting to attend the conference
  • Your preferred volunteer position(s) – see above (please note if you have photography experience)
  • The conference sessions that you are most interested in attending. (The preliminary program can be found here: 2018 Building Museums Program and Registration FINAL

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.
PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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