Annual Meeting FAQ


The Western Muesums Association's Annual Meeting is 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 from across the Western US and beyond, come together over the course of four days and leave feeling inspired and energized about their profession and the future of the field.

Registration for WMA 2022 will open in June. Please review the FAQs below for more information.


General Questions • Registration Questions

WMA 2022 COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions 


General Questions

What are the dates and location of WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting?

The WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting will take place this October, 6th-9th, in Portland, Oregon, and is produced in partnership with the Oregon Museums Association. Portland is such a vibrant and unique city with much to offer including outdoor recreation, city attractions, food, as well as arts and culture. Head over to our Portland page to explore this wonderful city.


What is the theme of WMA 2022?

With the theme of FORWARD, WMA 2022 will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable, FORWARD-thinking institutions.

What does it mean for a museum to be forward-thinking? What will the museum field look like in years to come? As a collective field capable of inspiring social, cultural, political, environmental, and technological change, the 2022 Annual Meeting, FORWARD, will dig into how museums can foster ongoing conversations, inspire forward-thinking ideas, and empower future generations for the betterment of the museum field and our global society.
Today's museums reflect the notion of FORWARD-thinking by:
  • Refining mission statements & values
  • Embracing diversity, equity, inclusivity, & accessibility
  • Acting as agents of social change, social justice, & activism
  • Finding new methods of preserving collections
  • Going Green
  • Incorporating new digital technologies into exhibtions & programming
  • Joining into unconventional & innovative partnerships
  • Creating positive & caring work environments for all museum staff & boards


What is the headquarters hotel for WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting?

The Annual Meeting sessions and activities will take place at the Hilton Downtown Portland, with Evening Events hosted at local Portland cultural institutions. WMA Annual Meetings are all about connecting with colleagues, sharing ideas, and networking. We help facilitate these by contracting with a hotel for a discounted room block and centralize meeting spaces - both of which require minimum financial thresholds to be met.

Staying in the headquarters hotel helps us reach those numbers and keep the Annual Meeting affordable to attendees, as WMA is financial liable should those thresholds not be reached. Reservations for the room block open in March and will be available through August 26, at a discounted rate of $185/night - make reservations HERE.


Can you sponsor, exhibit, and advertise at WMA 2022?

Yes! Please visit our Partnership Opportunties page to learn more.


Registration Questions

When will registration open?

Registration for WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting will open in June, 2022.


What are registration rates for WMA 2022?

Full Meeting

Member Early Bird Rate ..... $350
Member Regular Rate ..... $400
Non-Member Regular Rate (Includes WMA membership) ..... $450
Student Rate ..... $200

Single Day

General Rate ..... $225

Please note that only WMA Members are elligible for the Early Bird Rate. Not a member? Join now!
Please contact for Presenter Rate information.


Are scholarships available for WMA 2022?

Yes! The Wanda Chin Scholarship helps to make attendance at the Annual Meeting financially accessible to individuals who might otherwise not be able to attend. Funded through annual auctions and donations, the Wanda Chin Professional Development Program 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. Applications for 2022 Scholarships are now open. Apply here.


WMA 2022 COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions

What are the current health and saftey protocols for WMA2022?

We understand the importance of safety and comfort in attending live events, and want to be clear and transparent in our commitment to providing a safe experience for all attendees. We are following Portland's current health and safety protocols, and up-to-date CDC guidelines. Safety protocols against COVID-19 will be in place for Annual Meeting - these may include, but may not be limited to, requirement of proof of vaccination, negative test result within 72 hours of event, and/or mandatory face masks while indoors - and will be determined closer to the event to ensure we are following the most current guidance from the state or Oregon and city of Portland.

For more information on public safety, please visit Travel Portland’s Visiting Portland During the Pandemic and More COVID-19 Info & Resources pages.


We hope these general FAQs will help you prepare for the Annual Meeting and feel safe during your visit.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to our staff at

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!