2016 Conference


Conference Location and Hotel

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

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road, Route 117
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: 877-901-6632

Room rates begin at $149 (single or double). Reservations must be made by October 18, 2016 to guarantee conference rates. Make sure to mention that you are attending the NEMA Conference.

Click here to reserve your room online.

Click here for directions.

Please note that the conference hotel is sold out on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Hilton Garden Groton/Mystic has agreed to offer a special group rate for NEMA, and will provide a shuttle to the Mystic Marriott.

Group rate: $119.00.
Make sure to mention that you are attending the NEMA Conference.

Phone: (860) 445-6800
Reserve your room here.


Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Gowrie Group

Titanium Level Sponsors
Museum Search & Reference

Platinum Level Sponsors
HUB International New England
Opportunity Resources, Inc.
Outthink LLC

Gold Level Sponsors
Harvard University Extension School, Museum Studies
Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc
POW! Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc
The Studley Press
Tufts University Museum Studies Program

UMass Boston History Department
University of Massachusetts Public History Program

Silver Level Sponsors
Bated Breath Theatre Company
Kohler Ronan, LLC
Regis College: Heritage Studies in a Global Society - Graduate Program

Bronze Level
Cooper Robertson
Creative Ground

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


Show Your Support for Homeless Veterans
Friday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day, so let’s honor our country’s brave heroes by making a contribution toward eliminating veteran homelessness. This year’s NEMA conference charity is Homes for the Brave, a service organization based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, devoted to providing shelter and services to male and female homeless veterans. You can contribute in one of two ways (or both!). When you register for the NEMA Conference, you can include an online donation with your credit card payment. We will also collect donations during the conference. Thanks so much for joining with the NEMA family to support this worthy cause.


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 16, 2016.

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 App
We're pleased to bring you the 2016 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 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 on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00 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.



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 Mystic.

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.

Mystic Restaurant Week
Check out Mystic’s culinary scene during Restaurant Week, which overlaps with our conference. Restaurants might be crowded, so we recommend making reservations early. For a list of Restaurant Week establishments, click here.

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 Thursday until 1:00 pm Friday.

Our exhibitors have donated fabulous prizes, which we raffle off at the Exhibit Hall Closing Reception at 12:15 pm on Friday. 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
Action Data Systems
Acuity VCT
ANR Transport LLC
Astor Place
Avante International Technology
Belfry Historic Consultants, Inc.
Brad Larson Media
Collector Systems
Custom Museum Publishing
Delta Designs
Dion Label Printing
Donnegan Systems
Donning Company
Dorfman Museum Figures
Enhance a Colour
Gowrie Group
Guide ID
Harvard Extension School, Museum Studies Program


Hawthorn Creative
Hollinger Metal Edge

Lighting Services Inc
Little Green Light
MBA Design & Display Products
MuseumTrek by TrekSolver, Inc.

Odyssey Merchant Services/Thrive Payments
Regis College, Heritage Studies in a Global Society
Reynolds Advanced Materials
Testo, Inc.
Trivium Interactive
U.S. Art Company Inc.
University Products
Villanti Printers
Vista Group International, Inc.
Winikur Productions