Building Museums™ Symposium

March 5-7, 2025,

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch,

St. Louis, MO

2024 Program is Available

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.

Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63102


Book your room at a discounted rate before Tuesday, February 11 online here. Check-in is 4:00pm; Check-out is 11:00am.

About the Hotel

The 2025 Symposium will take place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Start your St. Louis getaway at the Hyatt Regency, overlooking the iconic Gateway Arch. Its downtown location offers easy access to Busch Stadium, Enterprise Center, and America’s Center Convention Complex. After a day of exploring, unwind in contemporary rooms or spacious suites with views of the city and the Arch.

Click here to reserve your room at the group rate.

Ready Aim Build Workshop

A Museum Planning Workshop
To be announced.

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.

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!

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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