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2018 Conference Information

34th Annual Small Museum Association Conference

Sunday, February 18 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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


The annual SMA conference attracts more than 250 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 explored the theme, "You Are Here: Mapping the Future." Presentation will examine how small museum boards, staff and volunteers can map their progress and chart their future course. Download the 2018 Conference Program.


The Small Museum Association Annual Conference will be held at the: 

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. Room block rates for The Hotel end February 6th. 

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). All sessions will take place on this level in Salons E-G, the Wayne Curry Meeting Room and the Jim Henson Meeting Room. 

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. 

Click here for additional information about the Resource Hall, sponsorships, and advertisements.

Email Resource Hall Coordinator Meagan Baco at if you have any questions.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships were available for the SMA 2018 conference! The deadline to apply was November 27th.  Questions? Contact

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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