2017 Conference


Conference Location and Hotel

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

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road

Falmouth, MA 02556

Room rates begin at $129. Reservations must be made by September 22, 2017 to guarantee conference rates. Make sure you mention that you are attending the NEMA Conference. Use the code 10C08F to receive the group rate.

Click here to reserve your room online.

Click here for directions.


Conference Sponsors

Titanium Level Sponsors
Museum Search & Reference

Platinum Level Sponsors
Opportunity Resources, Inc.

Gold Level Sponsors
Available Light
Belfry Historic Consultants, Inc.
Harvard University Extension School, Museum Studies
Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc
Tufts University Museum Studies Program
University of Massachusetts Public History Program

Silver Level Sponsors
Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, MA in Museum Studies

Creative Corner
42 | Design Fab Studio, Inc.

Scholarship Sponsors
Cynthia Robinson
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University 
Laura B. Roberts
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
University Products



New for 2017: The Creative Corner

Unwind with your colleagues between sessions and let your creative side breathe! Join us in the exhibit hall for a drop-in art lounge experience, and find out how to set up similar events at your museum. Thanks to our friends at 42 Design Fab, this will be one special space!

Crafting Amnesty Corner
Unfinished embroidery, half-purled sleeves, and abandoned sketchbooks rejoice! Bring that poem, bracelet re-stringing, or other project with you and relax in the company of your creative colleagues as you finish that last inch or twelve of stitching. Don't have an unfinished craft to carry along? Paper and drawing supplies will be available for new projects, too.

Adopt A Project
Bring a project you know you'll never finish, and offer it up for someone else to take home! Or, swing by to see if there's a project just waiting for you to adopt and make your own.

Supply Swap
Leftover beads or a skein of yarn from a project you've finished? Paints from that class you took and never went back to? Knitting needles you've stabbed yourself with one too many times? Bring them along and trade them for that tool or tidbit you've been looking for to finish one of your own projects.


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 15, 2017.

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 late September. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, you may still register at the early-bird rate at any time before conference.


NEMA Conference App
We're pleased to bring you the 2017 NEMA Conference App! Developed by Whova, a leading conference app producer, it's loaded with new features designed to help you make the most out of your conference experience. Click here for details.


NEMA Conference Preview

First time at a NEMA conference? Learn how to make the most of it. Join the co-chairs of the Young and Emerging Professionals PAG, for coffee and tips for how you can use your time to your best advantage on Wednesday, October 25 at 4:45 am.


Newcomer Handbook

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

Click here for resources to convince your boss to send you to the conference. Professional development is imperative to your growth, help your boss see the multitude of reasons to support you in your development as a museum professional.


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. Click here for complete details.


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 the Cape.

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 am Wednesday until 3:30 pm Thursday.

Our exhibitors have donated fabulous prizes, which we raffle off at the Exhibit Hall Closing Reception at 2:30 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
A Street Frames
Action Data Systems
Arts Consulting Group 
American Alliance of Museums 
Audio Spotlight
Avante International Technology
Belfry Historic Consultants, Inc.
Brad Larson Media
Collector Systems
Conserve-ART LLC
Custom Museum Publishing 
Delta Designs
Donnegan Systems
Donning Company
Dorfman Museum Figures
Enhance a Colour 
Experience Design
Hollinger Metal Edge
Hunt AR App 
IMLS (Institute of Museum & Library Services) 
Julia Balfour, LLC 
Lighting Services Inc 

ListenUP Audio
MuseumRails and 10-31 
NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center) 
Past Perfect Software, Inc.
Petricore, Inc. 
Reynolds Advanced Materials 
Roger Westerman Design LLC 
Skinner Auctioneers 
Thrive Payments 
Trivium Interactive, LLC 
U.S. Art Company Inc. 
University Products 
Villanti Printers 
Vista Group International, Inc. 
Winikur Productions