2019 Registration and Schedule

Thinking about coming to Building Museums™? We've got some incredible tours lined up of the latest museum projects happening in the Big Apple. We've added more sessions, all on the most exciting renovations and new builds across the nation and beyond. We can't wait to see you in New York!

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


Early bird registration rates are available until February 12, 2019.


  • Exclusive, discounted rates for museum professionals.
  • Members of the New England Museum Association can register for the conference at the MAAM Member rate.

Registration for “Building a Creative Museum Incubator” is not open at this time. Stay tuned for details about registration for this event.


Conference Hotel

Click here to learn more about the conference hotel.


Registration 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 February 20, 2019. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than February 20, 2019 explaining the need for a refund.

After February 20, 2019, no refunds will be granted.

Be sure to join us on February 27th! We have lined up some great pre-conference tours before kicking off the sessions at Building Museums™ 2019!


Click here to read more about the Building Museums Symposium 2019_ToursandWorkshops

Opportunity to visit Brooklyn Museum

Timed Ticket to the Brooklyn Museum and Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 2:30pm

Spend an afternoon with art at the Brooklyn Museum. Our vast holdings span 5,000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. We invite you to explore our collection galleries as well as the special exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.  The largest exhibition in the United States devoted to the artist in 10 years explores Kahlo’s creative vision and self-crafted identity through a presentation of the artist’s clothing and other personal items, paintings and drawings by the artist, photographs, film and documentation as well as related objects from the Museum’s collection.

To sign-up for this experience, please fill out this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/DXkYQKzfJxQ0mw6I2

Participants limited to 30 people, sign up today! No fee. For conference attendees only.

Note: Transportation will NOT be provided. The Brooklyn Museum is a short distance from the conference hotel. Directions will be sent out to registrants. No AIA credits will be available for this timed ticket, self-guided tour.


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By sponsoring Building Museums, you are investing in an educational Symposium that brings museum leaders and industry professionals together from across the US and beyond.

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