WMA 2024: Registration is NOW OPEN!



Find Balance. Gain Momentum.


The Western Museums Association (WMA) warmly invites you to the 2024 Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona on September 25-28, produced in partnership with the Museum Association of Arizona and the Museum Trustee Association. With the theme of BALANCE, WMA 2024 will explore ideas of stability at both an individual and institutional level. Join us in Tucson to engage with fellow practitioners, participate in enlightening sessions, and delve into informal educational activities. Through multidisciplinary learning, WMA’s Annual Meetings further our professional discourse by providing a constructive environment for various perspectives to be shared and discussed.



Download the WMA 2024 Preliminary Program


Regsitration Info


June Special

Register by Sunday, June 30 and you will automatically be entered to win 2 tickets to the Evening Events of your choice (value of $100)!


Highlights of WMA 2024 Include

Keynote Speaker: The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to introduce this year’s WMA 2024 Keynote Speaker Seema Rao, Principal of the Brilliant Idea Studio!



Learning Sessions: 42 sessions and 3 workshops are broken out into 8 interdisciplinary tracks in Business, Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous, Leadership/Careerpath, Technology, Visitor Experience and Trustee. View the Preliminary Program here.


Networking Events: Get ready to uncover some of Tucson’s cultural gems! Evening Events offer a fantastic way to make deeper connections with your peers while visiting some of Tucson’s most exciting museums. This year we have planned memorable evenings at the Sonoran Desert Oasis, Tohono Chul, an evening at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and Presidio Museum & Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. We are thrilled to be able to share a special experience at each of these fantastic institutions with you. Learn more here!


One-of-a-kind Tours: Three pre-conference tours at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Arizona History Museum, and a day of art at University of Arizona Museum of Art, and Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Each special tour will offer you the chance to explore and learn about unique organizations. Learn more here!


One-of-a-kind Workshops: Join leaders from across the region for hands-on workshops such as Adventures in Museum Archives, Seven Core Management Skills for Museum Folks, and Harness The Techniques Of Augmented Reality (Ar). Learn more here!



Highlights of WMA 2024 TUCSON

Tucson: Nicknamed "The Old Pueblo" and "America's biggest small town" is a cultural hub of the Southwest. Learn more about this amazing city with your very own WMA Guide to Tucson!


Annual Meeting Headquarters: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is the perfect sanctuary for WMA 2024 attendees to learn, network, and find BALANCE. Learn more by visiting the WMA Annual Meeting Hotel guide!


WMA Kid Zone: Traveling with kids to WMA’s 2024 Annual Meeting in Tucson? To increase accessibility for museum professionals with families, WMA is providing a space for children to feel welcome. Partnering with the Children’s Museum of Tucson and Oro Valley, WMA is providing a free-of-charge Kid Zone at the Annual Meeting. Located near the session rooms, the Kid Zone is a space to play or relax, filled with children’s 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. If an attendee is traveling with an additional caregiver, the caregiver will be given a “family badge” at no charge. Should you need additional support, the hotel partners with a local non-profit babysitting service that can be arranged at the Concierge Desk.


The Early Bird Registration deadline is July 26, 2024

Discounted rates are for WMA, MAA, and MTA members only. 

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Download the WMA 2024 Preliminary Program


Registration Info