• 2019 Annual Meeting


    Boise, Idaho |  October 4-7, 2019

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 2019 Preliminary Program



WMA 2019 will be held in Boise, Idaho on October 4-7 in partnership with the Idaho Association of Museums. The 2019 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. With the theme of ENGAGE, WMA 2019 will focus on the ways museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums.

This includes:

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

2019 Registration Rates
Member - Early Bird: $350 (by August 2nd)
Member - Regular: $400 (after August 2nd)
Non-Member: $450
Student: $200
Single Day: $225

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


Awards & Scholarships

Learn more about the 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarships, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence, the WMA Leadership Award, and the new WMA Impact Award.





Partnership Opportunities

Partnering with the WMA offers great exposure to a wide range of museum professionals. Check out our 2019 opportunities!






WMA 2019 Sessions

WMA 2019 offers an engaging program of 42 sessions from six interdisciplinary tracks: Business, Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous, Leadership, and Visitor Experience. The 2019 Program tackles a variety of complex issues currently facing the museum field.




WMA 2019 Events

This year’s Annual Meeting will feature Evening Events at the Idaho State Museum, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, and the Boise Art Museum. There will also be Affinity Luncheons, happy hours, and receptions throughout the day between sessions.