2024 Annual Meeting Registration Information


WMA warmly invites you to the 2024 Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona on September 25-28.

The area now known as Tucson, traditionally home to the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqi peoples, is situated in the Sonoran Desert and nestled between five mountain ranges south of Phoenix, Arizona. Known as "The Old Pueblo" or "America's biggest small town," a city oasis where the sun shines 350 days of the year, Tucson is a place where deep historical Arizonan roots meets a modern-day cultural gateway. Home to amazing entertainment, architecture, internationally recognized global cuisine, and world-class cultural institutions, Tucson reflects many aspects of Arizona, yet is a city like no other.


Find Balance. Gain Momentum.

With the theme of BALANCE, WMA 2024 will explore ideas of sustainability at both an individual and institutional level. WMA 2024 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 BALANCE the wellbeing of individuals, organizations, 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.

We look forward to seeing you at WMA 2024 in Tucson!


Register here!



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Benefits of Attending WMA 2024  •  Rates  •  Important Deadlines 

WMA 2024 Events  •  WMA 2024 City Guide & Hotel

Ways to Save  •  Registration Info  •  Cancellation & Refund Policy


Benifits of Attending WMA 2024

Attending WMA's Annual Meeting will further your professional development, skills, and discourse by providing a constructive environment with access to various perspectives, learning opportunities, and events. This year, WMA's 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. Participating in areas outside your area of expertise will promote integration of ideas from multiple disciplines, foster the acquisition of knowledge, and provide insight on how to apply that knowledge – all of which advances our collective understanding of the field and our work. 

At WMA 2024, you will be one of hundreds of museum professionals from across the West – and beyond – who will return home inspired by new perspectives and overflowing with fresh ideas.

If you're looking to demonstrate the value of WMA's Annual Meeting to your department or boss, please view our Justification Tooklit, filled with information and resources to support your case.


Registration Rates

Online registration for WMA 2024 is NOW OPEN. 

Full Meeting

WMA, MAA, and MTA Member Early Bird Rate ..... $395 (until July 26)
WMA, MAA, and MTA Member Regular Rate ..... $445 (after July 26)

MTA Patron Package Rate ..... $395

Non-Member Regular Rate (Includes WMA membership) ..... $520
Student Rate ..... $250

Single Day

General Rate ..... $230 

Please contact wma@westmuse.org for Presenter Rate information.

Important Deadlines

July 19, 2024: Deadline for WMA Awards (Leadership, Impact, and Exhibtion)
July 26, 2024: Last day for Member Early Bird conference registration rate
August 16, 2024: Deadline for the Annual Meeting hotel guaranteed discounted rate
September 20, 2024: Deadline to register for the Annual Meeting ONLINE
September 25-28, 2024: Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona


Ways to Save!

Volunteer during the Annual Meeting in exhchange for attendance. Volunteers must work for time periods equal to a minimum of four hours; this can be broken up into two–2 hour shifts or one–4 hour shift (preferable). In exchange for work, volunteers will be permitted to attend an equal amount of hours of non-ticketed Annual Meeting events. Please contact wma@westmuse.org if you are interested. 


WMA 2024 Events

Over the course of WMA's 2024 Annual Meeting, attendees will attend a fantastic lineup of engaging and informative sessions at the headquarters hotel, and will be transported outside, into the sunny city of Tucson for a variety of networking events!

On Thursday, Pre-Conference Tours will transpire at some of Tucson’s iconic institutions including The Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Arizona History Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. While nightly, attendees will find connection at WMA’s 2024 Opening Evening Event, which will conjointly take place at the Tohono Chul botanical garden and the Annual Meeting Headquarters, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Three additional Evening Events will invite attendees to explore the the Mini Time Machine Museum of Minatures, the Presidio Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

You'll find detailed descriptions, dates, and times on our Events & Tours page, and in the 2024 Final Program.

All add-on events are reserved for Annual Meeting attendees, and do require pre-registration. 



The WMA 2024 host city is Tucson, AZ – the primary cultural center of the Southwest and a popular city oasis where the sun shines brightly 350 days of the year! For information on what awaits for you in Tucson, please visit our City Information page.

The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is this year's Annual Meeting headquarters hotel. For WMA 2024 attendees, The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort offers rooms at a discounted rate of $199/night. Reservations can be made over the phone and online. If you prefer to make reservations over the phone, please call (520) 299-2020 to secure a reservation in the group block. To receive the discounted rate, please be sure to mention you are attending the Western Museums Association's conference or WMA 2024. To make reservations online, please visit our dedicated room block reservation page. For additional information on how to prepare and what to bring with you to the 2024 Annual Meeting, please visit our Attendee Guide.

WMA Kids Zone

Traveling with kids to WMA's 2024 Annual Meeting? To increase accessibility for museum professionals with families, WMA is providing a space for children to feel welcome. Introducing - WMA Kids Zone! Partnerning with the Children's Museum of Tucson and Oro Valley, WMA is providing a free-of-charge Kid Zone near the session rooms. This space is to play or relax and will be filled with exhibits from our partner, books, and toys for a range of ages.

In addition, the conference location at the Ventana Canyon Resort includes a family-friendly nature trail and a variety of outdoor experiences. To learn more, please visit this recent WestMuse blog post.


Registration Info

Online registration for WMA 2024 is NOW OPEN. 

To Add Additional Tickets to your Registration:

In the upper right corner of the page in RegPacks, there is a "My Application" section with a progress bar. Click the "down arrow" next to the percentage complete and select "Add Ons." Add the additional tickets desired, continue through the system, and process payment for the newly added events.

For questions about adding tickets to an existing registration, please contact Jason B. Jones, WMA's Executive Director, at wma@westmuse.org or 707 - 433-4701.

To remove events from your existing registration:

  1. If you would like remove events, please contact WMA staff by phone 707-433-4701 or by email wma@westmuse.org.


WMA Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations made in writing on or before August 30, 2024, will be refunded, minus a $100.00 processing fee. Cancellations after August 30, 2024, will not be refunded. No-shows will not be refunded. Please contact WMA for further information or if you have any questions.


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