2009 Saint Paul, MN in partnership with AMM


2011 Duluth, MN

2012 Saint Paul, MN

2013 St. Joseph & Collegeville, MN

2014 Saint Paul, MN in partnership with AASLH

2015 Winona, MN

2016 Minneapolis-St. Paul in partnership with AMM

2017 Ely, MN

2018 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN


The Minnesota Association of Museums is heading north to Ely in September! This year, join with museum professionals from across our state and dig into how your institution, next program or exhibit, or your own position can be a part of creating healthy communities. Explore beautiful Ely as you participate in sessions, workshops, pub crawls, listen to keynote speakers, and explore the museums on the edge of the Boundary Waters!

Download the Pre-Conference Guide.
Become a member and SAVE on your registration.

Free Transportation from the Twin Cities.

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Conference Program

Download the pre-conference guide now. Full program will be available for download prior to the conference.

Schedule At-A-Glance:

 Wed, Sept
 Bus departs Minnesota Transportation Museum with a tour of the Bois Forte Heritage Museum on the way to Ely.

Check-in, Opening Reception & Happy Hour Workshop, Opening Reception & Keynote, and Campfire Sessions.
 Thurs, Sept
Breakfast & Keynote, Site Visit & Round 1 Workshops, Lightning Round Session Presentations, Lunch, Round 2-3 Workshops, Tour of the International Wolf Center, Reception at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and Historic & Cultural Pub Portage.
 Fri, Sept
MAM Annual Meeting & Sunrise Yoga, Breakfast and Keynote, Key Learnings, Closing Keynote.

Bus departs from Ely for return to the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

More complete schedule available here.


The 2017 conference will be held throughout Ely. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Ely Lodge Resort.

Book online today! 

Deadline: To receive the discounted group rate, rooms must be reserved by Monday, September 11, 2017. Unreserved rooms in the block will be released at that time.

Scholarship Application

The Minnesota Association of Museums will award a limited number of scholarships to help MAM members attend the 2017 conference For more information, visit the scholarship application page.


Online registration is open through September 15. After this time, only onsite registration will be available. Membership rates are available for MAM members. You must be a member prior to registration. Register today!

Registration includes: all evening events, bus transportation to and from the Twin Cities, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday.

Membership Discounts

MAM members receive a discount on the conference fee. You must be a member at the time of registration. 

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Become a MAM member with the form below. Please note that if you pay via check, there will be an additional processing time and you will not be able to register with the discount immediately.

NOTE: Email subscriptions will not be accepted—you must be a PAID member. An opportunity to join or to renew will be made available on the registration page.

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