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

WMA warmly invites you to the 2023 Annual Meeting in Pasadena, California, on October 5-8. Pasadena, once occupied by the Native American Hahamog-na Tribe, a branch of the Tongva Nation, is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, just Northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Known as the “Crown of the Valley,” a city oasis where the sun shines brightly 300 days of the year, Pasadena is a place where deep historical Californian roots meet a modern-day cultural getaway. Home to amazing entertainment, architecture, global cuisine, and world-class cultural institutions, Pasadena reflects many aspects of California, yet is a city like no other. 

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. Six session tracks, exciting programs, and informal discussions will provide a fruitful environment for various perspectives to be shared and multifaceted learning opportunities for all cultural institution professionals, regardless of specialty.


Online registration for WMA 2023 closes Friday, September 29!

Registration will be available on-site during the Annual Meeting.




Donate to the Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund!


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



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