Transforming Museums: Bridging Theory and Practice will be held May 22-23, 2008 at Hotel Deca in Seattle's University District.

Transforming Museums 2008 is generously sponsored by the Museology Graduate Program, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, Pacific Science Center, Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., 4Culture, the City of Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Ivar's, Great Harvest Bread Company, the University of Washington Bookstore, and Papyrus.
We would also like to thank Ivar's Restaurants, Papyrus, Great Harvest Bread Company, and the University of Washington Bookstore for their contributions.

Information about Transforming Museums: Bridging Theory and Practice:

Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions has closed. Please stay tuned for next year!

A pdf version of the Call for Submissions is available for download.

The Call for Posters is still open!
Please submit your poster via the online form.

We invite museum professionals, students, and university faculty to submit poster proposals for the 2008 Transforming Museums conference. Poster sessions provide a forum for exchanging ideas within the field using posters that include short narratives, graphs, pictures, data, diagrams, visual aids, and/or handouts.

Poster presentations and proposals should explore ideas, research, and programs that innovatively address the internal and external changes impacting museums. The poster session will be held at Hotel Deca on Friday, May 23, from 11:35am-12:45pm.

Come join us in the green and beautiful city of Seattle as we reach, share, and dreamstorm toward the future of these most beloved institutions. With its unique host of changing museums, both new and old, we can’t think of a better place!

  • Guidelines:
  • Submit poster title with short description (up to 50 words)
  • To be included in the program, please submit your proposal by May 15, 2008
  • Posters will be accepted after the deadline as space allows
  • Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis
  • Poster content should include a variety of text, charts, graphs, photos, etc.
  • Once accepted, participants must register for the conference online
  • All content should be printed from a computer (i.e. no handwritten posters, please)

We suggest using tri-fold self-supporting poster boards, however, we do have a limited supply of tabletop easels. If you need an easel, please let us know.

Because museology is inherently crossdisciplinary, research from related disciplines within the social sciences or humanities is welcome.

If you have questions, please contact the Submissions Committee at

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Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings are available for purchase during registration. You may download a list of abstracts and session descriptions for more information.

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Please download our presenters' biographies.
Please note that these may be updated as we receive more detailed biographies.

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Please download our conference schedule.
You may also download our session descriptions for more information.

Suggested dress is Seattle casual.

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Registration Information

Registration for Transforming Museums has been extended to Wed. May 21!
You will also be able to register onsite on a space-available basis.

Please register now using our secure server!
Please note that the secure server address is not part of the Transforming Museums domain; this is because it is hosted by our Registration Services.

Please download our conference schedule, session descriptions, and presenters' biographies for more information.
If you have questions or concerns about registration, please contact:
Transforming Museums Registration Staff
University of Washington
EPP [at]
206-543-5539 or toll free 1-866-791-1275

Lodging Information

Rooms at Hotel Deca are available for conference participants.
Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98102
Call 1 (800) 899-0251 for reservations, or visit their website.
Please mention that you are with the UW Museology Graduate Program's "Transforming Museums" conference. A block of rooms has been specially reserved for conference participants.

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Press Releases

The University of Washington's Museology Program is pleased to announce that the exhibit RACE Are We So Different? is the winner of its first annual Transforming Museums Award. The award will be accepted by Paul Martin, Vice President of Exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota, at the Transforming Museums Award Reception. The reception will be held at Seattle Art Museum on Thursday, May 22, 2008.

For information about the exhibit, see SMM's website. Other nominations for the award were the Detroit Institute of Arts for its new installation and the California Academy of Science for its green building.

Please feel free to download, print, and distribute the following:
11X17 Color Poster
8.5X11 Black & White Flyer
8.5X11 Sheet of Four Postcards:
Front, and

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