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Annual Conference
VAM's 50th Anniversary logo 

Join VAM in Celebrating 50 Years

of Helping the Museum Community

of Virginia and DC Succeed!


Plan now to join your museum colleagues from across Virginia and Washington, DC for one of the largest state museum conferences in the country, and to celebrate VAM's 50th Anniversary! VAM's 2018 Annual Conference takes place in Norfolk, Virginia over March 10-13, 2018 at Downtown Norfolk's new luxury waterfront hotel Norfolk Hilton The Main.


Registration is now closed!

You may still register on-site during the conference, but pre-registration is now closed.

Download the preliminary conference program



If you need assistance, please contact VAM at 804.358.3170 or email


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  • Volunteer opportunities and Scholarship applications are now closed for 2018.




Early Bird rates require registration by February 19, 2018

  • Non-Member; $335
  • VAM Member: $270 (Individual, Museum, Museum Employee, Business) 
  • VAM Museum Member that register 3+ reps: $235
  • VAM Benefactor Member or Conference Committee Member: $235
  • VAM Student Member: $200 
  • Conference Speaker: $200
  • Conference Speaker Single Day: $150
  • Single Day: $200

Regular registration rates begin February 20, 2018

  • Non-Member: $385
  • VAM Member: $320 (Individual, Museum, Museum Employee, Business)
  • VAM Museum Member that register 3+ reps: $285
  • VAM Benefactor Member or Conference Committee Member: $285
  • VAM Student Member: $250
  • Conference Speaker: $250
  • Conference Speaker Single Day: $150
  •  Single Day: $250

Cancellation Policy:

Deadline for cancelling is February 23, 2018. Only refund requests for cancellations received in writing by this date will be considered. Refunds will be processed after the conference. A $75 processing fee will be deducted. VAM pays upfront costs for each registrant, so if you cancel after the deadline and have a balance, you will be responsible for that balance.



Hilton Norfolk The Main


Our room block at the Main is full. We are so excited by this unprecedented response to our conference!

VAM has reserved backup rooms at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
Call 1-757-627-4200 and reference VAM Overflow Guest Rooms 2018.  SATURDAY is now booked for the room block rate, but there is room for both Sunday and Monday nights.
$134, room single or double

$14, hotel self-serve parking


Other Norfolk Hotels


The following hotels are within close proximity to the conference hotel, and all have online availability for the dates of our conference.  The rates are different depending on what website you use (I would suggest, and we do not have an official VAM block at these locations, but they are great alternatives for conference attendees:


  • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, 520 Plume Street, Norfolk, VA (757) 963-6000
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown, West Brambleton Avenue Norfolk VA  (757) 842-6216
  • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA  (757) 622-6664
  • Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown, 700 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA (757) 627-5555



About Norfolk, Virginia

For information about what to do and see while in Norfolk, check out the Visit Norfolk website.


Nor-fok, or Naw-fok, no matter how you pronounce it, the experience will always be the same: fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisine and 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored!

With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water. Norfolk's thriving arts community welcomes you into its studios, galleries and up and down the streets of downtown, the NEON Arts District and beyond. If you’re looking for world-class cuisine, look no further! From traditional Southern fare to a wide range of nouveau and international offerings Norfolk’s eateries offer something for everyone – and every appetite.


Come discover why Norfolk was named Favorite American City for 2018 and was selected as one of the Top 50 Places to Travel in 2017 in the world!


Thank You Conference 2018 Sponsors

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