Building Museums™ Symposium

Registration is Open!

Museum professionals can receive a special rate to attend the symposium. 

PLEASE NOTE: This year, registration for the conference is separate from registration for pre-conference tours workshops and tours (add-ons). Registration for those add-ons is opening soon.

We will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the conference, or proof of a negative PCR test to enter the conference. Please note that COVID restrictions are subject given current circumstances

If you are a MAAM member, please visit the MAAM portal and log in to your profile before registering! Forgot your password? Click here!

Book your hotel room today at the Capital Hilton for Building Museums™ 2022.

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event. We look forward to seeing you!

Room Types:

  • King: $299/night
  • 2 Double Bed: $299/night

Click here to book your room online.

Need help? Call toll free at: 800-445-8667

Please reference the “MAAM Building Museums Symposium” when updating your reservation. You will be required to submit a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

Final Program now available!

Building Museums™ is a national symposium on the process, promise, and pitfalls of planning and managing museum building projects. This symposium is for architects, museum leaders, planners, project managers, technical experts, and those who plan or implement new construction, renovation, preservation, or expansion projects for museums. AIA credits are available at this conference.

Aside from our fabulous session and speakers, we’ve planned some spectacular pre-conference tours, two receptions, and the highly acclaimed Ready, Aim, Build Workshop geared towards museum professionals curious about starting a building project.

Off-Site Tours for the Symposium now open!

Conference attendees are invited to attend tours of cultural institutions throughout the DC area. Full details of each tour included in the final program.

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Buildy Award Winner:

MAAM recognizes institutions whose construction projects demonstrate high achievement in the areas of planning, implementation, and survival with the Buildy Award at the the Building Museums™ Symposium each year.

See this year’s winners here:

About the Symposium


The symposium is organized under three inter-related themes: Vision, Implementation, and Sustainability (or Life after Opening) . The content of each day will reflect these themes across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collecting institutions.


This symposium is for architects, museum leaders, planners, project managers, technical experts, and all those who plan or implement new construction, renovation, or expansion projects for museums. Whether your institution is a small historic site under renovation, a mid-sized art museum planning an expansion, or a large children’s museum building a new facility, this symposium is for you.

Building Museums™ is an annual international symposium created, produced and managed by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums [MAAM] but is open to everyone with an interest in this important topic.


Attending the symposium will provide you the opportunity to:

  • Better understand the process of planning, implementing, and surviving new construction, renovation, or expansion projects
  • Examine case studies, current trends, topical issues, and specific projects related to building projects across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, diversity of disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collections-holding institutions
  • Actively discuss museum building projects with other museum professionals, architects, planners, project managers, and technical experts to better inform the process of building
  • Access resources for architectural firms, consultants, museum projects, and museum leaders
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