Small Museum Association

Small Museums Working Together

The Small Museum Association is an all-volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. 


Save the Date: 2024 Conference

Telling Tough Stories

February 19-21, 2024
Omni Richmond Hotel

Richmond, Virginia

About our 2024 Conference

The stories that museums tell aren't always cut and dry. History museums have to confront contentious and politically divisive topics. Science and technology museums must explain complex concepts in layman's terms. What are the best ways to approach tough stories? And how can we do so clearly, concisely, and fairly?

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.

Call for Session Proposals

We are seeking proposals for the theme "Telling Tough Stories." Proposals are due by July 1, 2023 - find more information here.

Thank You to Our 2023 Conference Sponsors!

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