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Annual Conference

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 three-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.

  • Sponsorships are now available.
  • Deadline for scholarships is June 21, 2021.
  • Registration opens in July.
    • OMA and WaMA members: $35 early bird, $45 regular
    • Non-members: $40 early bird, $50 regular


OMA is offering a limited number of scholarships for no-cost registration. Application deadline is June 21, 2021. To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A current OMA member in one of the following categories:
    • Individual
    • Student/Volunteer
    • Level 1 Institutional (annual operatingbudget less than $50,000)
    • Currently unemployed

To apply, fill out the brief online application form by June 21, 2021. Questions or need technical assistance? Email connect@oregonmuseums.org.

Sponsorship opportunities

See our sponsorship page for details.

If you'd like to sponsor OMA at the 2021 conference, please contact us at connect@oregonmuseums.org

Photos from the 2019 Annual Conference

Comments from 2019 Annual Conference attendees

“This was a great first conference. I'm excited for years to come!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I found all sessions to be very engaging and relevant. It was absolutely invigorating!”

"This conference was a big step up in professionalism and impact. Quality of the sessions was particularly high. OMA fulfills an important niche in strengthening relationships across the state.”

"This was my first conference! It was fun. The board members were great at helping an introvert like me mingle. :)"

Past Conferences

2019: Finding Common Ground

September 15-17, 2019
John Day, OR

2018: Resilience: Responding to Change

September 9, 10 and 11, 2018
Hood River, OR

Conference Schedule

2017: Dialogue

September 10-12, 2017
Astoria, OR

2016: Engage!

October 2015
Eugene, OR

Conference Schedule

2015: Telling the Whole Story

Diversity and Change in Today's Museums
October 11-13, 2013
Pendleton, OR

Conference Schedule

2014: Connecting & Collaborating

Inspiring Museums for New Generations
October 26-28, 2014
Portland, OR

Conference Schedule

2012: Museums & the New Normal: Building Relevance in Your Community

October 28-30, 2012

Ashland, OR

Conference Schedule

2011: The Sustainable Museum: People, Environment, Economy

October 16-18, 2011
Philomath, OR

Conference Schedule

2007: Lifelong Learning

October 21, 22, 2007
Astoria, OR

Conference Schedule

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