Small museums are uniquely positioned to pivot quickly to respond to the changing needs of our audiences. As we reflect on the impacts of the dual pandemics that came to the forefront in 2020, that of COVID-19 and racial injustice around the world, how can we seize the moment to create lasting, meaningful change for our institutions and our communities? If not now, when?
The conference is currently being rescheduled to a spring date to be announced soon!
The annual SMA conference attracts more than 300 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.
The Small Museum Association is committed to protecting all attendees and conference hotel staff during the ongoing health crisis. Please see our Health Protocols page for more information.
Detailed schedule coming in the New Year!
The Small Museum Association is committed to holding events and programs that are open and welcoming to all. Please see SMA's Accessibility Statement for more details.
The Small Museum Association invites you to attend the conference to meet our members and attendees, and at the same time, support the small museum field. Your support makes this conference possible! This year, the content of the SMA conference is focusing on Museums as Catalysts of Social Change and will attract over 300 museum professionals from across the country. The SMA conference is the ideal market for your museum-field services and products! Support opportunities include mask sponsorships, resource hall tables, scholarship underwriting, and more.