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December 3, 2021

2021 has been a year unlike any other in history (excluding the previous one). Thinking back to this time last year, we can all truly appreciate the way museums across the US have responded to the ongoing crisis, pivoted to create digital offerings, and worked diligently to open their doors once more.
Like so many, the Western Museums Association (WMA) adjusted what was once our “normal”...
November 22, 2021

Throughout 2021, on nearly every Monday, we ended our WMA Weekly newsletter with a short, calming, fun, silly video that we like to call our "Moment of Zen." From footage of Zion National Park to a dog sledding down a snowy hill, these videos were shared as an offering of some peace and quiet, or a moment to simply smile and laugh – something that became all so important during these past two...
November 9, 2021

This holiday season fill your stockings and surround your trees with gifts from museums across the Western US!
As many museums across the United States still recover from extended closures, staff layoffs, and a decrease in attendance due to the ongoing pandemic, the revenue generated by museum stores is more important than ever before. Proceeds from museum stores financially support the missions...
September 3, 2021

Robin Marquis
Through a sequence of interviews, WMA’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Blog Series will examine the work of individuals across a variety of disciplines, seeking to broaden perspectives, inspire big-picture ideas, and share expertise on wide-ranging museum diversity and inclusion practices. To start off the D&I Blog Series, we interviewed Robin Marquis (they/them) – an...
August 25, 2021

Just like that, summer is coming to an end.
Across the country, school districts are starting the new school year in person amid the spread of the more transmissible delta variant. Concerned parents are living through yet another repeat of 2020, a time where entire families are even more exposed to the virus and student quarantines are now commonplace. Even though schools are working to keep...
August 11, 2021

We all know that summer is better with a scoop of ice cream in hand… or a double scoop… triple… who’s counting?
Whether indulging in your favorite summertime treat, getting some good R&R under a palm tree, or breathing your way through yoga on the beach, a topnotch summer is stacked full of self-care.
At this point, we have all come to understand just how critical self-care is to our overall...
July 26, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce MATT Construction as a WMA sponsor!
Sure, we all know what the basic idea of a building is ­– a stationary structure with a roof and four walls. But to MATT Construction, a building is so, very much more. Guiding their work is the principle that buildings are the signature of a civilization—they are meaningful spaces that tell our history and purpose and are standing...
July 13, 2021

Amidst a deadly heat wave on Wednesday, June 30, a rapid and devastating wildfire swept through the historic village of Lytton in the interior of British Columbia. The little town of only 250 people sustained structural damage, but 90% was destroyed including the center of town, the Lytton Museum and Archives, and the Chinese History Museum.
By Friday night, both museums had completely burned...


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