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Thank you for a great return to an in-person conference!

38th Annual SMA Conference

Seizing the Moment
Opportunities for Radical Change

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?

Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, 2022
Rescheduled from February 20-22

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.


Find out more about registration rates and register online!

Health Protocols

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.


The SMA 2022 Schedule is now LIVE ONLINE!! 

Check out the session schedule, speaker and vendor information, dinner events and more via our Sched online schedule, available via website and mobile app. 


Find out more about the conference hotel and room block.


Parking is available in the adjacent garage. If you are staying at the hotel, notify the front desk upon check-in to receive complimentary parking, If you are not, stop by the SMA registration table to receive discounted parking.


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 & Support Opportunities

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. 

Become A Sponsor/Vendor Here

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