2017 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is October 2-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Join us this year for even more insightful sessions, hands-on workshops, exclusive tours and endless opportunity to network with your fellow Affiliate and Smithsonian colleagues!

Conference Hotel:
Holiday Inn-Washington Capitol
The rate is $231 per night; book by August 31 to enjoy this special rate.

Conference Registration coming soon!
Registration includes all evening events, sessions, and workshops on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday excursions not included. Additional reception guests not included.

Registration rates:
Early Bird Registration – $275 per person
Regular Registration – $300 per person
Group Registration – $250 per person for groups of 4 or more
Daily Registration – $100 per day for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday not included.

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The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate, and for all conference-related activities, questions or comments, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee, Communications and Professional Development Manager, (202) 633-5304; BugbeeE@si.edu

If you are interested in exhibitor opportunities at the Smithsonian Affiliations Resource Fair or Conference sponsorship, please contact Christina DiMeglio Lopez, dimeglioc@si.edu.

Program At A Glance

Monday, October 2 

  • Arrange a meeting with a Smithsonian colleague through your National Outreach Manager
  • Affiliations Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation only)
  • Workshop 1
  • Workshop 2
  • Workshop 3
  • Afternoon Orientation (Understand the benefits of Affiliation)
  • Welcome Reception at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Tuesday, October 3

  • Keynote Address in the Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Smithsonian Museum Tours
  • Workshop 4 at the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Birds of a Feather lunch
  • Concurrent afternoon sessions at the Holiday Inn-Washington Capitol
  • Evening event on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, October 4

  • Resource and Exhibitor Fair Breakfast at the Holiday Inn-Washington Capitol
  • Morning sessions at the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Birds of a Feather Lunch
  • Afternoon sessions at the Holiday Inn-Washington Capitol
  • Special Workshop
  • Closing Reception at the National Museum of American History

Thursday, October 5
We will be offering special excursions off the Smithsonian campus and an additional workshop for those attendees wishing to stay an extra day. Details coming soon. Please note additional fees apply for Thursday excursions and workshop.