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About the Oregon Museums Association

A museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment. From the International Council of Museums statutes, Article II, Paragraph 1.

The Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is a nonprofit educational membership organization whose mission is to support the museums of Oregon. Founded in 1978, the OMA currently represents more than 200 Oregon museums and industry professionals from art museums, history museums, children’s museums, science museums, and specialty museums, to museum curators, directors, board members, exhibit designers, development officers, volunteers, archivists, and educators.

Bylaws for the Oregon Museums Association

(Updated June 2017)



The OMA's current initiatives include:
  • Monthly emailed announcements in the OMA E-Dispatch 
  • Hosting and maintaining a website about Oregon museums.
  • Sponsoring an annual membership meeting and conference, along with two regional meetings at locations throughout the state.
  • Developing educational programming that supports the administrative efforts of museum managers, staff and volunteers. 
  • Making museums and professionals aware of legislation that might affect their operations.
  • Keeping legislators and representatives informed about museum affairs and their impact on Oregon’s culture, economy and livability.

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Oregon Museums Association

P.O. Box 8604 | Portland, Oregon | 97207 |


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