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Oct 11-13, 2017   |   Vernal, UT   |   Community Impact!

What is the impact of your museum? There are various kinds of impact - social, community, economic, collective - and each is a testament to the relevance and necessity of museums in Utah's cultural landscape. Amid the diversions and distractions of modern society and technology, we are committed to connecting individuals with deeper moments of learning, appreciation, and clarity. To continue this work we need support, resources, and focus. It is imperative that we not only understand the impact of our organization, but how that impact can become a powerful advocacy tool in furthering a museum's mission and goals.


Conference Program 
Read through the program and start planning your conference experience.

The deadline to submit a poster proposal is Jun 2, 2017. More info and submission form here.


Conference Registration 

Registration includes all sessions, opening reception [Oct 11], business lunch [Oct 12] awards dinner [Oct 12], closing lunch [Oct 13]. for the Annual Conference will open May 15, 2017. No refunds will be given after Aug 15, 2017 however registration can be transferred to a colleague.


Early Bird Registration [May 15 - Jul 31, 2017]

$185 General

$160 Student


Registration [Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017]

$195 General

$170 Student


Late Registration [Sep 1 - Oct 13, 2017]

$215 General

$190 Student


Attendees must be UMA Members (find out more about membership).


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


Conference Scholarships 

Scholarship applications will be accepted Mar 1 - Jun 2, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Jun 30.

Museum Leadership Dinner 
Online registration will open May 15, 2017.   

While this event is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference it requires a separate registration.


Volunteer at the Conference

Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for your service. Volunteer applications will be open through Aug 15, 2017. APPLY TO BE A VOLUNTEER 


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 
Uintah Conference Center
313 E 200 S
Vernal, UT 84078
Conference Hotels

Marriott Springhill Suites & TownePlace Suites

1205 W Highway 40

Vernal, UT 84078


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $91+tax/night. Rate is valid through 9/12/17 based on availability. Reserve your room online or call 435.789.8050 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. Award nominations will be open Mar 1 - May 31, 2017.


If you have any questions please email Ruth White directly.

The Utah Museums Association gratefully acknowledges conference support from our partners. 



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