Small Museum Association

    Small Museums Working Together


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.


See registration rates and register online.


Find out more about the conference hotel, room block, and area attractions.

Conference Schedule

Explore our speakers and conference events, and meet our keynote and plenary speakers.


Are you ready to experience SMA’s annual conference in a whole new way? We’re partnering with our friends at Goosechase to give you an unforgettable conference experience. Participate on your own or on a team with your colleagues, and complete Missions to help you cement your learning, create social bonds and interact with your fellow conference goers like never before. Learn more here.


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.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sign up to be an exhibitor, sponsor, or advertiser during the conference and share your resources with our attendees.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship applications and award nominations have closed.

Silent Auction

Our conference Silent Auction offers a fun way to support scholarships for future SMA attendees and promote your museum or business.  We are looking for donations now.  Click here for the Google Silent Auction Donation Form.

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