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.


Find out more about registration rates and register online.  Super early bird registration ends August 31st.  Lock in the cheapest rates today!


The SMA 2024 Conference will take place at the Omni Richmond Hotel

King, Queen and Double Rooms are available for the discounted rate of $139 a night. Book your discounted hotel rooms now, using this link!


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 or sponsor of the conference and share your resources with our attendees.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship applications open now!

Awards nominations coming soon.

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