Building Museums™ Symposium

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March 15-17, 2022 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Conference Dates

Ready, Aim, Build | February 25-26, 2021

Virtual Conference | March 1-4, 2021



Information and Updates

Building Museums™ 2021 will be virtual. Read the full press release 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

Call for Sessions:

A preliminary program will become available in December 2021. This program will include session descriptions, registration rates, and further information about the virtual conference.

We have completed our selection of proposals. If you have any questions or edits to your proposal, please contact us at

Buildy Award Nominations:

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (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.

The nomination period has closed. Click the button below to learn more about past Buildy Award winners.

PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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