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12 PM Pre-conference workshop registration and information table opens

1 - 5 PM Pre-Conference Workshops

Sponsored by Discover Albany

1 - 5 PM

Hilton Albany

Preservation Plans: A Writing Workshop

1 - 3 PM

Hilton Albany

Breaking Barriers: Navigating the Digital Frontier in Museums – A Workshop on Enhancing Accessibility and Engagement through Building Digital Collections

1 - 3 PM

Hart Cluett Museum

Saving Your Collections: A Disaster Planning Workshop

1 - 3 PM

Hilton Albany

Voice Your Value: The Impact of OurStoryBridge in NYS Museums, Now and in the Future

1- 4:30 PM

New York State Museum

Uncovering and Celebrating Stories Yet Untold: Digging Into LGBTQIA+ Stories Hiding in Plain Sight in Collections, Historic Sites, and Galleries 


10 AM - 3 PM Conference registration and information table open

Hilton Albany Downtown

10:30 AM - 12 PM Networking Meet-Ups at the Hilton Albany Downtown

Museum Institute Alumni

Emerging Museum Professionals 

Sponsored by Syracuse University Museum Studies

12 - 3 PM Exhibitor Hall Open

Hilton Albany Downtown

3 PM Opening Keynote at Chancellor's Hall, NYSED

Sponsored by Humanities New York

5 PM Opening Reception at the Rotunda, NYSED

7 PM Special Event: Dinner at The Hollow (SOLD OUT)


7:45 AM Monday Breakfast: New York State Tourism Update with

Ross Levi, Executive Director / Vice President, New York

State Division of Tourism – I LOVE NEW YORK, Empire

State Development

at the Hilton Albany Downtown

9 AM - 4 PM Conference registration and information table and exhibitor hall open 

Hilton Albany Downtown

9:15 - 10:30 AM Concurrent Sessions at the Hilton Albany Downtown

 What is Valued at Your Museum/Historic Site? PART 1

 Ignite Sessions
 Understanding Place: Relationship Building with Indigenous Communities
 Civic Actors: Communities of Practice to Support Civic Engagement
 Strategies to Create Inclusivity in Established or New Experiences

10:30 AM Coffee Break

Sponsored by Peter Hyde Design 

12:30 - 2 PM Lunch and Awards of Distinction

Hilton Albany Downtown

Sponsored by Lighting Services, Inc.

2 - 4 PM Eclipse Viewing at the Empire State Plaza

Sponsored by POW!

4:30 - 6 PM Eclipse After Party at the New York State Museum

6 - 8 PM Dinner at the New York State Museum (SOLD OUT)

5 - 8 PM Night at the Museums


9 AM - 12 PM Conference information table and exhibitor hall open 

Hilton Albany Downtown

9 - 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions at the Hilton Albany Downtown

 Reimagining Teacher Professional Development Through Inquiry-based learning
 Old Collection, New Pride: Fresh Takes to Diversify Programming
 Cultural Competency Redux
 Voicing Value: Building Financial Sustainability

10:15 AM Coffee Break

Sponsored by New York State Canal Corporation

12 PM  Lunch and Closing Keynote

Hilton Albany Downtown

Sponsored by

Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. For any questions please email

Conference registration is now closed.

Conference Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels the conference, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Monday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $45 administrative fee

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. 

Special event ticket purchases are non-refundable; restaurants and caterers require payment in advance. You are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference.

Please see your hotel confirmation email for your individual hotel reservation cancellation policy. 

Video/Photography Policy

By registering for and attending our Annual Conference "Giving Voice to Value" you grant the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and its authorized representatives permission to film, photograph, or otherwise record your participation in the conference and associated special events.

You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by MANY without your prior approval in any form and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting MANY. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation.

You release MANY, its officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording taken during MANY's Annual Conference and associated special events.

Conference Code of Conduct

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for all participants. All attendees are expected to follow this Code of Conduct, which applies to all pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, special events, and capstone experiences.

Compliance with the Code of Conduct is expected from all conference participants; including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, staff, organizers, contractors, volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Read more.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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