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2015 Annual Conference
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What are "best practices?" How does the changing nature of information processing and accessibility influence and support the important work done in museums? How do you prioritize and sustain industry standards in your institution with limited resources? How does your institution promote creativity and innovation? Where does innovation intersect with tradition? What other ideas, experiences, and project would you like to share with your colleagues?

Conference Registration 
General    $185
Student    $160 [must present valid photo ID at check-in]
Opening Reception Guest   $15

Awards Dinner Guest          $25


Pre-registration is now closed. If you would still like to register for the conference please contact Ruth White.


Attendees must be UMA Members (find out more about membership). Conference pre-registration has been extended to September 26, 2015. On September 27 registration fees will be increased by $30. There will be no refunds after September 1.

Conference attendees may choose to bring a guest to the Opening Reception or Awards Dinner. This requires a separate registration. Register guests here.


Museum Leadership Dinner

October 6, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Ticket    $45 

Join us for the inaugural UMA Museum Leadership Dinner hosted by Mike L Washburn, Thanksgiving Point President & CEO. This event is open for those in leadership positions at Utah museums. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy short remarks from this year’s conference keynote Marsha Semmel and philanthropist, Barbara Barrington Jones. This event requires registration separate from the conference. Register for the Museum Leadership Dinner here.

Conference Schedule
Download the preliminary conference schedule here to start planning your conference experience. Here are just a few highlights:

  * Keynote: Marsha Semmel, Independant Museum Consultant

  * Plenary: Pearl Wright, Utah Nonprofits Association

  * One-on-one State Performance Goal Consultations

  * 22 sessions on museum topics presented by your museum colleagues

  * Networking opportunities at reception and meals

  * Pre-conference Workshops: Nonprofit Boards, Exhibit Planning, and Grant Writing

  * Field Trips: Thanksgiving Point, Camp Floyd, and Hutching Museum of Natural and Cultural History


Sign up to be a Volunteer!

Sign up to be a volunteer at the conference here


Silent Auction
Each year UMA hosts a fundraising silent auction in conjunction with our annual conference. All proceeds support programs that help build the capacity for museums across our state. Please consider donating an item to the silent auction and come to the conference ready to bid! Find out more about the silent auction.
Conference Location 
Thanksgiving Point Gardens Visitor Center [MAP]
3900 N Garden Dr
Lehi, UT
Conference Hotels
There is a special conference rate for the following two hotels. Reservations must be made before September 15, 2015.

Home2 Suites by Hilton
3051 W Club House Dr
Lehi, UT 84043
A discounted hotel rate of $109 + tax/night is available for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling (801) 753-5430 and using group code UMA 1.
Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Point
3576 N Maple Loop
Lehi, UT 84043
A discounted hotel rate of $99 (standard/double) or $109 + tax/ night is available for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling (801) 766-1186 or online at lehithanksgivingpoint. and using group code UMA.


Annual Awards
Each year the Utah Museums Association presents awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. Nominations have now closed. Find out more about award nominations. 
The Utah Museums Association gratefully acknowledges conference support from our partners. 




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