2015 Conference


Conference Location and Hotel

All sessions will be located at the conference hotel unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-2311

Click here for directions.

Please note that the conference hotel is sold out on Wednesday and Thursday. Below is a list of hotels near the Holiday in by the Bay.

Westin: $212.00 - $272.00

Portland Harbor: $189.00 – they have a buy 2 nights get one free deal or buy one night get 50% off night 2

Hyatt Place: $159.00 - $359.00

Courtyard Marriott: $179.00

Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Gowrie Group

Titanium Level Sponsors
Museum Search & Reference
US Trust Bank of America

Platinum Level Sponsors
HUB International New England LLC
Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc

Gold Level Sponsors
Harvard University Extension School, Museum Studies
MuseumTrek by Treksolver, Inc.
Novus Laurus LLC
Tufts University Museum Studies Program
University of Massachusetts Public History Program
Windover Construction

Silver Level Sponsors
Art Shipping International
Bated Breath Theatre Company
Beyond Genocide Prevention Center
POW! Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc
Practical Management Resources
Regis College: Heritage Studies in a Global Society - Graduate Program
UMass Boston History Department

Bronze Level
CreativeGround - New England Foundation for the Arts
Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Scholarship Sponsors
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Institute for American Indian Studies and Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University 
Laura B. Roberts
University Products


Conference Ambassadors
Need help finding your way? Look for one of our Conference Ambassadors. They're the ones wearing the cheery yellow buttons and an equally cheery smile. They'll be glad to help!



NEMA is pleased to offer several scholarship and fellowship opportunities to make the annual conference more financially accessible. Scholarship awards support travel, lodging, and three-day registration for individual members of NEMA and employees of NEMA institutional members.

Click here for complete details. The deadline for all scholarship programs is September 18, 2015.

Only one application is necessary to apply for all scholarships and fellowships. Note: Individual opportunities have slightly differing requirements in the essay portion of the application. You will be notified of the final award decisions in early October. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, you may still register at the early-bird rate at any time before conference.


NEMA Conference Preview

First time at a NEMA conference? Learn how to make the most of it. Join Monika Bernotas, Alli Rico, and Scarlett Hoey, co-chairs of the Young and Emerging Professionals PAG, for coffee and tips for how you can use your time to your best advantage.


Newcomer Handbook

Never attended the New England Museum Association Conference? That’s okay, NEMA’s got you covered. Click here to download the handbook.

Finding NEMA 2015Finding NEMA

NEMA is excited to introduce our ambassador to the November Conference in Portland, Maine --  NEMA.

NEMA is a Boston Terrier who is passionate about museums and loves adventure. NEMA will be popping up at our host sites and traveling around Portland from September 15 – November 6. Come along with NEMA to visit our area museums and hang out with conference attendees on Twitter and Instagram. Click here for complete details.


We are looking for volunteers to assist us throughout the conference, to staff the registration desk, check meeting rooms between sessions, supervise off-site travel arrangements, and more. Volunteers who work one shift can attend the rest of that day for free. For working three shifts, volunteers receive a complimentary registration for the whole conference. All volunteer opening have been filled at this time.

Roommate Matching Service

Save on the cost of your hotel room by sharing with a colleague. If you are looking for someone to room with, call (781-641-0013) or email (conference@nemanet.org) the NEMA office with your name, phone number, smoking preference, and the number of nights you will be staying. NEMA will contact you with roommate contact information as soon as we find a match. NEMA does not guarantee that a roommate will be available.

Carpool Service

Can you help a colleague with a ride to conference?
Call (781-641-0013) or email (conference@nemanet.org) the NEMA office if you are willing to drive a colleague to Cambridge.

Need to catch a ride to the conference?
Call (781-641-0013) or email (conference@nemanet.org) the NEMA office with your name, phone number, where you will be driving from, and when you need a ride. NEMA will contact you with contact information if we hear from a colleague going your way! NEMA does not guarantee that transportation will be available.

Exhibit Hall

(If you would like information about being a vendor in the Exhibit Hall please see our information on Marketing Opportunities)

You’ll be amazed at the variety of products and services presented in the Exhibit Hall, open from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday until 1:00 pm Thursday.

Our exhibitors have donated fabulous prizes, which we raffle off at the Exhibit Hall Closing Reception at 12:15 pm on Thursday. Use your raffle card (found in your on-site registration packet) to collect exhibitors’ initials, and drop it in the Raffle Box for a chance to win!

See the latest innovative products & services in our Exhibit Hall:

 42 Design Fab Studio
Alliance of American Museums
Action Data Systems
ANR Transport LLC
Belfry Historic
Bonhams International Auctioneers
Brad Larson Media
Collector Systems
Donnegan Systems
Donning Company
Enhance a Colour
Gowrie Group
Harvard Extension School, Museum Studies Program
Hawthorn Creative
Hollinger Metal Edge
Hub International
Lighting Services Inc
Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative

Mount Vernon Group Architects
MuseumTrek by TrekSolver, Inc.
Novus Laurus
Odyssey Merchant Services
PastPerfect Software, Inc.
Pook & Pook, Inc.
Regis College, Heritage Studies in a Global Society
Reynolds Advanced Materials
Sparhawk Group
SPS Processing
The Digital Ark
U.S. Art Company Inc.
University Products
Viking Metal Cabinets
Villanti Printers
Virtual Pastimes
Vista Group International, Inc.