Building Museums™ 2019

Thanks to you, Building Museums™ 2019 was a huge success! We had over 430 attendees from 29 states and 6 countries.

We hope that you had a wonderful time learning from colleagues and professionals from around the world. Stay tuned for further information about 2020's Symposium in Chicago!

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

Conference Hotel

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The Symposium has concluded, registration is closed. See you in 2020!


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

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


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.


Thank you to this year's sponsors!








Arakawa Hanging Systems


Delta Designs, Ltd.

Fireline Corporation

Lighting Services, Inc.

Nationwide Security Corporation

Universal Services Associates, Inc.

Marketing Partner

New England Museum Association

PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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