Well, what can we say – thanks to you, Building Museums Symposium 2018 was a success! We hope that you had a wonderful time learning from colleagues and professionals from around the world. Stay tuned for further information about 2019’s Symposium in New York City!

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MARCH 9–11, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums presents Building Museums 2018

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.

Final 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.

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.

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