2020 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference

Join us June 28-30! 

The annual Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference will be three days of networking, learning, and exploring collaboration. Open to Smithsonian Affiliate colleagues and Smithsonian staff, the Conference is a prime opportunity to learn side-by-side, share work, and discuss new ideas.

For 2020, Smithsonian Affiliations is building our annual Conference as a platform to tell a fuller story—a story that asks, “What does effective collaboration between Affiliates and the Smithsonian look like?” “What does it mean to be a 21st-century national museum?” “How can we be bolder together to achieve greater reach, greater relevance, and have profound impact?” Through the lenses of the below topics, we’ll explore how partnerships, programming, digital resources, and hands-on explorations can bring our collective educational resources and tools to audiences across our nation.

  • PK-12 Education: What is your organization doing to reach PK-12 teachers and learners in innovative and impactful ways? How can we work together and with schools to be “a hub of learning and innovation”?
  • Network Building: The Smithsonian-Affiliate relationship is a two-way street where our partnerships help us reach our respective strategic goals. How are you leveraging your networks and partnerships with Affiliates and the Smithsonian to become stronger organizations or develop stronger programs? How have you used peer-to-peer alliances to enhance your work in new ways?
  • Amplifying Voices: Through priority programs such as the American Women’s History Initiative, Earth Optimism, and others aimed at telling a more complete national story, the Smithsonian is engaging audiences in critical conversations around important issues. How can our collaborations bring together diverse voices to grapple with key contemporary concerns?

While we continue to develop the 2020 program, scroll through the photos from 2019 or watch the 2019 Keynote Conversation with Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and Brenda Gaines, Smithsonian National Board Member and Advisory Board Chair at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) about leadership, creating change and nurturing the next generation.

**Registration will open by March 2020.**

Affiliate Registration

$300 – Early Bird Rate, Full Conference (until April 1, 2020)
$325 – Regular Rate
$275 – Group Rate (Per person, for groups of 4 or more attending the full conference. Group discounts do not apply for single-day attendees)
$125 – One-Day-Only Rate (Sunday – Tuesday)

Smithsonian Staff Registration:

$150 Early Bird Rate, Full Conference (until April 1, 2020)
$175 – Full Conference
$150 – Group Rate (Per person, for groups of 4 or more attending the full conference. Group discounts do not apply for single-day attendees)
$100 – One-Day-Only Rate (Sunday – Wednesday)
*Registration fees are waived for Smithsonian Interns with a valid Smithsonian ID. Interns must register online and may attend general sessions and workshops.  Evening events, tours, and sessions with additional fees are not open to interns.

Please note: In order to receive the group rate, all group attendees must register in ONE transaction. Failure to do so may result in being charged the regular registration rate per person. All discounts will be applied at checkout. All registration rates include sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, evening events, breakfasts, and workshops. A limited number of scholarships are available for Affiliate and Smithsonian attendees. Registration is not waived for conference speakers. See our Conference FAQs for more info.

Conference Quick Links

Conference Hotel

All sessions and the Smithsonian Resource Fair will be held in the conference hotel:

Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC  20024
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Special Rate: $209 per night

Phone Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS (use group code SANC)

Online Reservations: Make sure the conference dates are listed in the travel dates section to make your reservation with the special rate.

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian staff members only. If you are interested in learning more about a Smithsonian Affiliation, please contact us.