Building Museums™ Symposium

March 6-8, 2024,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown,

Philadelphia, PA

Building Museums Symposium is SOLD OUT

Please note, Building Museums is sold out. A waitlist is enabled.

By signing up for the waitlist we make no promise of your ability to attend the Symposium.

Waitlist registrants will be notified via email if they are able to attend. Unfortunately walk-in registrations will not be available this year.

2024 Preliminary Program is Available

Review the 2024 Building Museums Symposium Program.


The MAAM Building Museums™ Symposium is a national symposium on the process, promise, and pitfalls of planning and managing museum capital building projects. This symposium is for museum leaders, architects, planners, project managers, technical experts, and those who plan to implement new construction, renovation, preservation, or expansion projects for museums. The three-day symposium will consist of various types of presentations: a full-day workshop, keynotes, breakout sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, and social events.

Ready Aim Build- Registration Closed

A Museum Planning Workshop
Wednesday, March 6, 2024,

During this full-day workshop, our multidisciplinary collective of museum experts provide a roadmap of best-practices to guide you through your museum capital project with lessons gleaned from decades of experience in projects like yours. Delivered through a mix of presented content, targeted activities, and open dialogue, our industry experts in institution planning, design, engineering, costing, and construction will lead you through the critical steps of a successful capital project–from inception through to opening day and beyond. As always, the session includes a special guest speaker from an institution who has been in your shoes before! Leave with an intimate knowledge of a time-tested process that will lead to success on your next project. Box lunch provided to participants.

Attendance is limited to forty (40) people. The content covered in this workshop is specifically intended for museum professionals and professionals working in the historic preservation sector. Workshop attendees must be registered for the 2024 Building Museums Symposium.

Once you complete the interest form, submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. If your submission is accepted, we will follow up about registration for this unique workshop, and you will be invoiced separately. Your responses here will be shared with workshop presenters. Thank you!
Questions? Contact

Conference Hotel

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Book your room at a discounted rate before Wednesday, February 15 online here or by calling call 1-800-320-5744 and refer to: MAAM 2024.

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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