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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.

Session Speakers

The deadline to submit a session proposal for 2018 has passed. This year, the SMA conference will explore 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. Questions? Contact


Registration opens Friday, November 24! View the rates and deadlines for the 2018 conference here. Early bird registration ends February 2, 2018.


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.

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 are available for the SMA 2018 conference! Deadline to apply is November 27th. 
Click here to apply for scholarships and awards   
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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