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Empowering Oregon's museums to thrive

Welcome to the Oregon Museums Association

Founded in 1978, the Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and services to over 250 museums, cultural institutions and associated professionals throughout Oregon.

Mission: The Oregon Museums Association empowers Oregon's museums to thrive. Valuing inclusion and friendship, OMA strengthens connections throughout the Oregon museum community through:

  • Lively discussion and networking at in-person events and via online media;
  • Insightful programming and training at our annual conference and workshops;
  • Targeted advocacy to advance the museum field.

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Announcing OMA-WaMA Joint Virtual Conference 2021: A Changed Landscape, A Changed Museum

September 13-15, 2021

Oregon Museums Association (OMA) and Washington Museum Association (WaMA) are excited to join forces to host our 2021 Conference: A Changed Landscape, A Changed Museum. The two-day virtual conference will be accompanied by in-person events occurring across both states (as public health regulations allow).

This past year changed us all, as we grappled with COVID-19, systemic racism, political strife, and climate change. We progress into 2021 with the news of vaccinations and re-openings, and with a new sense of hope. As we emerge into a changed landscape, we can use our re-opening momentum to become changed museums.

Join WaMA and OMA to re-emerge, re-invent, and re-imagine a stronger museum future.

OMA webinar: Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights? How to properly liquidate museum assets

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12-1:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some museums to permanently close, presenting their staffs and boards with unexpected legal and ethical questions about what would become of their assets. This program will use examples from shuttered museums to address how to go about dissolving a collection and liquidating its assets. Resources from museum workers and state agencies will help institutions take steps now to prepare for an unexpected closure in the future.


  • Joseph Govednik, Museum Director, Cowlitz County Historical Museum
  • R. Lewis Ferguson, former Director, World of Speed Museum (now closed)
  • Jenn Clemo, Director of Nonprofit Leadership & Resources, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
  • OMA members: $15
  • Non-members: $25

OMA Meet Up: Tours at the ZMA (Zoom Museum of Art)

Monday, May 17, 2021, 12-1 pm

Are you feeling museum deprived? Join your colleagues in an art "tour" of each other's homes! Participants can informally select 1-2 works of art in their home to show to the group, and share its name, its maker, and why it is meaningful to you. Viewers are not obligated to share, but anyone who wants to share is welcome to!

Hosted by board member Zachary Stocks. This event is free, but you must register to receive log-in details.

Register now

"OMA fulfills an important niche in strengthening relationships across the state."

"This was a great conference, I'm excited for years to come!"

"The OMA board demonstrates passion, professionalism, and kindness."

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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