Annual Conference

  • OMA Annual Conference 2022. Changing Directions: Practice Over Permanence. Hamilton, November 7. Online, November 21.
    OMA Annual Conference 2022-- Changing Directions: Practice Over Permanence
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2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year!
This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.
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Registration is open!

Join us in-person!

Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane 
Hamilton ON L8P 4Y2
In-person registration includes:
  • One full day of in-person conference sessions and networking on November 7
  • Lunch and two breaks
  • Tradeshow with exhibitors
  • Awards of Excellence Celebration
  • Everything included in Online-only registration
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

Join us online!

Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions
Online-only registration includes:
  • Access to streamed sessions on November 7
  • Access to interactive online sessions on November 21
  • Online networking with colleagues on November 21
  • Access to online Tradeshow with exhibitors 
  • Access to session recordings from November 7 & 21



Early-bird Rates – register now and save!

In-Person Conference


OMA Members




Student Members*


Northern rate (available to those residing in Tourism Regions 13 a, b, c)


Online Only


OMA Members




*Student – an individual enrolled full-time in a museum studies, arts administration or any other educational program in Ontario

Early-bird price available until September 12, 2022.

Fully Subsidized Registrations

To encourage an inclusive Conference environment, the OMA provides 15 fully subsidized in-person conference registrations and 30 fully subsidized online conference registrations. Subsidies are available to attendees who are unemployed or underemployed, identify as Indigenous, and/or identify with groups that are often marginalized or excluded from culture and heritage due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability. To request your registration fees be waived, simply select the Fully Subsidized registration option on the registration form. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact if you have any questions.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Tradeshow and Partnership

In-person tradeshow is back in Hamilton on Monday, November 7, 2022!

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the museum field by partnering with the only conference dedicated to Ontario museums.

To download the OMA Conference 2022 Opportunities Package and order form, click HERE. 

Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package. 

Code of Conduct

The Ontario Museum Association strives to support and advocate for all members of the museum community. Throughout this hybrid Conference and related programming, we are committed to providing inclusive, respectful, accessible, and safe physical and digital spaces for learning and collaboration. Participants at the OMA Conference are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and engage in respectful interactions by treating all individuals with respect and dignity. Inappropriate behaviour and language including but not limited to personal attacks, bigotry, derogatory remarks, racism, xenophobia, and harassment will not be tolerated.
OMA staff are working hard to monitor the Conference’s digital platforms, and reserve the right to dismiss questions, and remove attendees who might pose a threat to the wellbeing of our community. If you have been the target of or a witness to harmful behaviour, please report it as soon as possible. You can do so by sending us an email to or approaching an OMA staff member at the event.
We hope that you have an enjoyable Conference experience!