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Become a member of Oregon's statewide network of museum professionals and supporters

Founded in 1978, the Oregon Museums Association (OMA) empowers Oregon's museums to thrive. Valuing inclusion and friendship, OMA strengthens connections throughout the Oregon museum community with lively discussion and networking at in-person events and via online media; insightful programming and training at our annual conference and workshops; and targeted advocacy to advance the museum field.

Membership rates increased on January 1, 2024

As the Oregon Museums Association continues to navigate increased costs, improve our organization's internal equity, and grow programs like the annual conference, the board has voted to raise membership dues. In addition, we have worked hard on a fundraising plan for 2024 to ensure a healthy budget and reduce the impact on our members.

Here is a breakdown of the changes:

 Membership Level      2024      2023
    15.00     15.00
    15.00     15.00
 Individual     30.00     25.00
 Business   120.00   100.00
 Institutional Level I     90.00     75.00
 Institutional Level II   150.00   120.00
 Institutional Level III   240.00   180.00

Individual / Student / Volunteer

Individual, student, and volunteer members receive the following member benefits:


Individual - $30/yr

Volunteer  - $15/yr

Student - $15/yr

Institutional members

Institutional memberships are for museums and receive the following member benefits:

  • Listing in the member museums directory on the OMA website
  • Discount rate for up to five staff members (paid staff, volunteers, or board members) to OMA conference,  workshops, and webinars
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Access to member forum
  • Your museum photographs featured on the OMA website and promotional materials


OMA Institutional members should qualify as a museum by the definition of the International Council of Museums: "A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment."


Level 1 (annual operating budget less than $50,000) = $90

Level 2 (annual operating budget $50,000-$200,000) = $150

Level 3 (annual operating budget $200,000 and above) = $240

Business members

Business memberships are for individuals or companies who do business with museums or wish to support OMA and our activities. Business memberships receive the following member benefits:

  • Listing in the business directory on the OMA website, including your logo or photograph
  • Discount rate for up to three staff members (paid staff or volunteers) to OMA conference and workshops
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Access to member forum


Business - $120/yr

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my membership valid?

Memberships are valid for one calendar year, from January 1 through December 31. If you join in the middle of the year, your membership is still only valid until the end of the year.

Occasionally we offer specials to join OMA towards the end of the year and get the next year included in your membership.

Can I post a job on the website?

Yes, members can post jobs directly. Go to the Jobs page and click on the “Add Post” button. You can include as much or as little as you’d like, and include a link to your own website to apply for the position.

NOTE: All jobs posted on the OMA website must include salary.

How many people are bundled with my membership?

Each Institutional membership includes up to 4 museum staff  (paid staff, volunteers, or board members). There is one Administrator who manages the account and museum listing, and 3 additional members who will receive the OMA newsletter and get reduced member pricing for OMA events.

Can non-members subscribe to the OMA newsletters?

Absolutely! Sign up for our monthly newsletter and occasional updates here.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
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