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.


WMA's 2023 Annual Meeting

This Fall, WMA's 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in Pasadena, California on October 5th-8th!

With the theme of CONNECT, WMA 2023 will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a unique slate of educational programming, CONNECT with colleagues, and explore ideas that will help define the future of museums and the diverse communities they serve.

We are currently in the planning phase for WMA 2023.

Registration opens in June!

The 2023 Request for Proposals is NOW OPEN!

Click here to learn more and submit!


Get inspired for WMA's 2023 Request for Proposals by

looking through WMA's 2022 slate of ​informative Sessions.




WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting

WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting, in partnership with the Oregon Museums Association (OMA), was held October, 6th-9th, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.
After years a part, last year’s gathering looked and felt different. WMA 2022 was designed to meet the complex needs of the museum field to learn, heal, and connect in a safe environment. While being a fun and creative gathering of museum folk, the Annual Meeting dug into how museums can foster on-going conversations, encourage forward-thinking ideas, and empower future generations for the betterment of the museum field and our global society.
Together, we will continue to make positive changes in the museum field.

Thank you to all attendees, presenters, volunteers, the Oregon Museums Association for their partnership, the many event host institutions, WMA's Host and Program Committees, sponsors, exhibitors, as well as the WMA Board and staff for making WMA 2022 such a great success!


View the WMA 2022 Flickr Album

Download the WMA 2022 Final Program



Donate to the 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund!


WMA 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipients

Since 1997, and funded through annual auctions and donations, the Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship is a vital component of the WMA mission, and allows WMA to create opportunities for its constituents to build skill-sets to better serve their communities. 

By making a donation to the Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund, you will help to subsidize participation in WMA's Annual Meeting for professionals who might not otherwise be able to attend. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for everyone to network will colleauges, learn best practices, and gain new skillsets that can be applied within their own institutions and local communities.

There are two ways to donate and make an impact:

  1. Donate to the Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund by clicking here. Choose the amount you wish to donate and specify that your donation is for the 'Wanda Chin Scholarship' in the comments section
  2. Support the Wanda Chin Scholarship Program by bidding on items in the Annual Meeting's Silent and Live Auction event. Proceeds from the Silent and Live Auction directly fund this program

Visit the Wanda Chin Scholarship page to learn more. Applications for 2022 Scholarship are now closed.


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