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2019 Conference Information

35th Annual Small Museum Association Conference

Sunday, February 17 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


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.


This year, the SMA conference will explore the theme, "Catch Me If You Can: Museum Leadership Flying into the 21st Century." 


Find information about the conference schedule, including session descriptions, in the 2019 Preliminary Conference Schedule and printed Conference Program (PDF).


Registration is open! Please note that the hotel at The Hotel is currently open for room reservations. Please call to reserve your room at 1-844-954-6835 and mention the Small Museum Association conference to get the discounted rate. More information can be found on the Registration page.


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 Annual Conference will be held at: 

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland  

7777 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

Phone: 301-918-5676

Register for your hotel room by calling 1-844-954-6835 and mentioning the Small Museum Association Conference. Further information on the Hotel, rates and conference registration can be found here

What Other Attractions Are There in College Park?
View our compiled list of museums and historic sites nearby to check out before or after the conference!

Conference Layout
The conference takes place on the Conference Level (2nd floor) of the Hotel at the University of Maryland. Registration tables will be set up outside Salons A/B (Calvert Ballroom). 

Restaurants, hotel bar and hotel check-in can be found on the Lobby Level.

Sponsors, Exhibitors, & Advertisers

The SMA Conference offers sponsorship opportunities, a robust Museum Resource Hall, and advertising opportunities in the Conference program.  Meet our Sponsors and VendorsEmail Resource Hall Coordinator Meagan Baco at if you have any questions.

Scholarships and Awards

The applications for SMA 2019 scholarships  and awards is now closed. Visit the Scholarships and Awards page for more details.  Questions? Contact

Silent Auction

Be sure to visit and bid at the Silent Auction! SMA scholarships are supported by the silent auction that takes place at the Conference. Consider donating an item or experience yourself or from your museum to give fellow smaller museum-ers the chance to attend. Email with your donation information.

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