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Rates for 2024

Type name Price (USD) Notes
Museum Professional MAAM Member (Early Bird) $350.00 For those working for a museum or related non-profit entity.
Museum Professional Non-MAAM Member (Early Bird) $450.00 For those working for a museum or related non-profit entity.
All Other Professionals MAAM Member (Early Bird) $485.00 For those working as an architect, designer, consultant, owners rep, engineer, or another industry partner.
All Other Professionals Non-MAAM Member (Early Bird) $550.00 For those working as an architect, designer, consultant, owners rep, engineer, or another industry partner.
Museum Professional MAAM Member $425.00 For those working for a museum or related non-profit entity.
Museum Professional Non-MAAM Member $525.00 For those working for a museum or related non-profit entity.
All Other Professionals MAAM Member $575.00 For those working as an architect, designer, consultant, owners rep, engineer, or another industry partner.
All Other Professionals Non-MAAM Member $625.00 For those working as an architect, designer, consultant, owners rep, engineer, or another industry partner.
One Day Only $275.00
Student $150.00
Student access to full conference. MUST register with a .edu email address to utilize this rate

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Applications are now closed.

Accepted applications will be notified by mid-February.

Volunteer during the 2024 Building Museums Symposium. Volunteer opportunities typically include: assisting with check-in and registration, serving as breakout room steward, assisting with receptions or special events, serving as a tour liaison, and more. Volunteering is a cost effective way to attend the meeting.

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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!
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Pre-Conference Tours

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:00 am-12:30 pm and 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Join us before the conference starts and visit recent building and renovation projects. Transportation to tours is own your own. Please note, tours are only available to those registered for the Symposium. To register for more than one one tour please email


Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians recently completed a major back of house renovation to upgrade the existing infrastructure, add fire suppression systems, and renovate the collections care areas. Join us to tour the new collections storage spaces, view the new collections work rooms, and hear more about phasing the addition of fire suppression and collections storage in a 1908 Philadelphia building.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Core Project and Art Handling Facility

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Over a twelve year period, the Philadelphia Museum of Art went through a major renovation, designed by Gehry Partners, reimagining the visitor experience by changing circulation patterns, adding galleries, improving building systems and modernizing the facility to meet current museum standards.  This tour will walk visitors through both front and back of house improvements completed, describing the major moves made to this historic 1929 structure while the museum remained open to the public.

Faith & Liberty Discovery Center

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Since its founding, Philadelphia has been an incubator for ideas- from William Penn’s radical religious acceptance to the competing visions of the founding fathers. At the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, visitors explore the stories behind those ideas through a uniquely personalized visitor journey. Each visitor receives the Lamp, a device that drives interactive media experiences, and lets visitors save any artifact or story they encounter to their personal collection. Participate in an intimate behind the scenes tour of the newest museum on Independence Mall. You’ll tour the exhibitions and engage in Q&A with Museum Director Daniel Corti, David Searles of lead architect JacobsWyper, and Nico Guillin and Ben Millstein of lead experience designer Local Projects.

Penn Museum- The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The tour will highlight recently completed projects at the Main entrance, Sphinx Gallery, and Harrison Auditorium areas as part of the Coxe Harrison Transformation project that addresses the oldest part of the building and aims to provide an inspiring visit highlighting the Museum’s extraordinary collection while addressing critical infrastructure issues. Attendees will get a hard hat construction tour of ongoing renovation in the Egypt and Nubia galleries adjacent to the Asia gallery in the Rotunda.  The tour will also include a few collection storage areas the museum is planning to renovate.  Tour guides will include representation from museum leadership alongside the design and construction teams to provide insight about the challenges and outcomes of these projects and the incremental approach to implementing a plan.

The Franklin Institute: Hard Hat Tour

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

The Franklin Institute is undergoing major capital renovations to transform and update exhibitions throughout the building. Join us on a behind-the-scenes hard hat tour to see the former Train Factory as it is transformed into the new Hamilton Collections Gallery. Renovations began August 2023 and construction will be completed July 2024, with exhibition installation and collection move following for the Fall 2024 opening. See the two-story collections and exhibitions renovation in full progress – it is an active construction site and appropriate PPE will be required. If you have a hard hat, please bring it, but others will be provided. Following the tour, you’re welcome to explore the rest of the museum, or come back during the opening reception to see the newly renovated and opened Wonderous Space exhibition and 2018 Buildy Award winning Karabots Pavilion that houses The Brain exhibition.

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Code of Conduct

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment free of bias and intimidation at all of our in-person and virtual events. In accordance with federal and state laws and with non-profit best practices, MAAM expressly prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, physicality, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other protected classification.

Discriminatory or harassing behavior by or towards any staff, volunteer, contractor, member, fellow, presenter, participant, vendor, or other person participating in MAAM programs or activities will not be tolerated.


Anyone who experiences or witnesses any violation of MAAM’s Code of Conduct should report the incident to MAAM’s Building Museums Coordinator or a member of the Board of Directors as soon as possible.

If you witness sexual harassment or assault, respond first to the affected person’s needs and safety. Support that person if they choose to report the incident but respect their decision to report or not report.

MAAM is not an adjudicating body. However, MAAM will receive complaints to support addressing grievances associated with MAAM programs and activities.


MAAM is committed to enforcing this code of conduct at all levels of its organization. Unacceptable behavior will result in immediate removal from MAAM message boards, chats, Facebook groups, Discord/Slack channels, and the Building Museums™ Virtual Symposium and MAAM Membership without refund.

MAAM reserves the right to prohibit participation in future programs and activities as well as the right to rescind association awards, fellowships, and/or and revoking or prohibiting membership.

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 Tuesday, February 27, 2024. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than Tuesday, February 27, 2024 explaining the need for a refund. After Tuesday, February 27, 2024, no refunds will be granted.

Photography Policy

By registering for and attending this event, you grant the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) and its authorized representative permission to film, photograph, or otherwise record your participation in the event. You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by MAAM without your prior approval in any form and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting MAAM. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation. You release MAAM, its officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording taken during the Annual Meeting.

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