• 2017 Annual Meeting


    Edmonton, Alberta |  September 20-23, 2017

Annual Meeting

The Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Annual Meeting is known as a premier venue for those who work in the museum industry to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Attendees come away inspired and energized about their profession. Upon returning home, they seek out opportunities to grow and further the creative culture that is the foundation of our society. 


View the WMA 2017 Preliminary Program

The Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on September 20-23, 2017. The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is UNITE, and will focus on the ways museums can demonstrate courageous leadership, undertake controversial projects, and make a positive impact in their communities. 

This includes:

  • Unconventional  and innovative partnerships
  • Museums as agents of social change / social justice
  • Activism in museums
  • Diversity in exhibits, programming, and museum staff / boards
  • Museums as inclusive places
  • Environmental responsibility

The 2017 Program promises to provide a multitude of perspectives representative of today’s museum landscape, and continue the WMA’s rich tradition of provocative programming and educational opportunities.

2017 Registration Rates

Member - Early Bird: $350

Member - Regular: $400

Non-Member: $450

Student: $200

Single Day: $225

Discounted rates are for WMA members only. Not a WMA member? Learn more about WMA membership

Edmonton At-A-Glance

Learn more about Edmonton, the 2017 Annual Meeting location, including travel to/from, how the exchange rate benefits Americans, and Canada’s 150th anniversary comes with free admission to Canada's National Parks!



This year’s Annual Meeting offers an engaging program of 39 sessions from seven interdisciplinary tracks: Business, Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous, Leadership, Technology, and Visitor Experience. 




Awards & Scholarships

Learn more about 2017 Wanda Chin Scholarships, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence, and Director's Chair Award.


Partnership Opportunities

Partnering with the WMA offers great exposure to a wide range of museum professionals. Check out our 2017 opportunities!