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Our work is about people; whether building strategic partnerships, inspiring visitors through thoughtful exhibitions, or telling the stories of people long gone that are preserved through the objects in our collections. Some of our best resources can be found within our own community – funders, partners, volunteers, advocates. Many of our museums are founded on our local heritage and history, and we are working today to serve our local communities. We invite you to explore the opportunity and potential of local connections as we examine the untapped resources in our own backyard.


Program Book 
Download the program book to start planning your conference experience. Here are just a few highlights:

  * Opening Session: James Leventhal, San Jose Museum of Art

  * Keynote: Lynn D. Dierking, Oregon State University

  * 4 workshops

  * 22 sessions on museum topics presented by your museum colleagues

  * Networking opportunities at reception and meals


Conference Registration 
Conference will be held October 12-14, 2016 in Ogden, UT.

Registration for the Annual Conference will be open May 15 - Sep 16, 2016. On Sep 17 registration fees will be increased by $30. There will be no refunds given after Sep 1. If you would still like to register please contact Ruth White.


General    $185 now $215

Student    $160 now $190 [must present valid photo ID at check-in]
Attendees must be UMA Members (find out more about membership).



All scholarships have been awarded for this year.


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


Opening Reception Guest   $25

Awards Dinner Guest          $40

Museum Leadership Dinner 

October 11, 2016 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Ticket    $45 

Join us for the second annual UMA Museum Leadership Dinner. This year Elizabeth Sutton, Executive Director of the Ogden Union Station Foundation and Museums will host the dinner. This event is open to those in leadership positions at Utah museums. Attendees will have the opportunity network with each other and meet this year’s conference speakers Lynn D. Dierking and James Leventhal.


While this event is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference it requires a separate registration. Register for the Museum Leadership Dinner here.



Volunteer at the Conference


Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for your service. Apply to be a volunteer. All volunteer spots have been filled for this year. If you have any questions please email Ruth White directly.


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 
David Eccles Conference Center
2415 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84401
Conference Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites

2401 Washington Blvd

Ogden, UT 84401

A block of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $114 + tax per night. Rate has been extended and is valid through 9/16/16 based on availability. 

Reserve your room online or call 801.394.9400 using 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 been closed.
The Utah Museums Association gratefully acknowledges conference support from our partners. 





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