VAM Annual Conference 2020

March 7-10, 2020

Making Museums Essential

VAM 2020 Annual Conference
Chantilly, Virginia ~ March 7-10, 2020
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles


While museums will likely always face concerns such as caring for their collections, securing funding, and creating awareness of their organizations, 21st century skills are increasingly taking center stage. Attributes such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication should be applied now more than ever, whether to improve internal operations or external outreach. Breaking down barriers to be more inclusive, equitable and diverse are monikers of the modern museum.

As the latest national data indicates, museums are considered the most trustworthy entities in the nation. More than newspapers, non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the federal government. An honor no doubt, but a heavy responsibility nonetheless. So as we near the end of the second decade of the new millennium, how can museums support the needs of their communities and strive for positive transformative change? Or is that our role?

We encourage you to get involved in the conversation at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Museums as we come together, hundreds strong from across the Commonwealth and District of Columbia. Join us for four days of quality professional development training, engaging dialogues, fascinating tours, and fellowship as we visit Fairfax County, an area of diverse attractions, rich dining and shopping experiences, and near our nation’s capital.

The preliminary Conference Program will be announced in December!

Conference Registration Rates

If you are trying to plan ahead to join us for the 2020 conference, here are our regular registration rates.  As always, if you register early, you can reduce the prices for most of these categories by $50 with our early bird discount.

$395 Non-member, Full Conference
$325 Member, Full Conference 
$265 Speaker & Student Member, Full Conference
$290 Multiple Member, Full Conference (Discounted rate when sending 3+ representatives from a member site)
$200 Conference Committees & Benefactor Member, Full Conference
$255 Single day  
$155 Speaker Single Day  
$155 Guest pass                    

Conference Hotel Information

VAM's 2020 Annual Conference will take place at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. The block has a reduced rate of $139 double/single for the length of the conference, March 7-10, 2020. Sign up for Marriott Bonvoy if you're not a member already, and receive free wifi while on site.  Reserve your room now!