Conference


Future OMA Conferences

September 20-22, 2017 - Lawton

September 19-21, 2018

September 18-20, 2019




For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, please send an inquiry email to Brenda Granger

Note: all conference communities must commit to raising at least $7,000 in local funding and/or in-kind services for the conference (not including hotel meeting rooms or other amenities given in exchange for sleeping room reservations).  In addition, it is expected the lodging location will provide two complimentary sleeping rooms for the duration for the OMA staff.

Join us for the 2017 Annual Conference in Lawton, Oklahoma
September 20-22, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill and Convention Center
Hosted by Museum of the Great Plains and Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau



Now it is time to plan the 2017 OMA annual fall conference
.  The theme of the conference is Museums As Community Catalysts. We want you to help us make it the best conference. With over 18 relevant sessions to plan, we want your input!  You can submit a session proposal here or you can email us at [email protected] and let us know what topics you are interested in having presented!  Either way, the conference is about you – our Oklahoma museum professionals – and having your input on the 2017 conference will make it even more powerful and meaningful. Session proposals are due by January 31, 2017 (new deadline). 

2017 Conference Exhibitors
Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
ITIN Museum Services
M. Kaser & Associates, Inc.
Martin&Martin Design
Museum Fabrication Group LLC
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Tulsa Museum Science and Management
Vann & Associates
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts

Conference Information

Conference Hotel

Conference sessions are located at the Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn. Transportation is on your own to off site events. Conference attendees should book their lodging as soon as possible.

Lawton - Fort Sill Hilton Garden Inn 
135 NW 2nd Street
Lawton, OK 76501

Phone 1.580.280.2100

When making a reservation, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) conference to receive the following rate. Conference rate must be booked by calling the hotel directly at 1.580.280.2100 and asking for the OMA group discount. Deadline to book at conference rate is August 21, 2017.

Rate of $91.00 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool with whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, and a full-service restaurant and bar on the property. Rate does not include breakfast. Please note a continental breakfast is included in the OMA conference rate and will be served in the conference exhibit hall. 

OMA Awards Program

Continuing this year is an enhanced celebration to recognize award recipients which will be held the evening of Thursday, September 21 in Lawton, Oklahoma. This celebration is part of the OMA Annual Conference. The evening includes dinner with cash bar, a live auction and, of course, an uplifting awards presentation. The awards celebration is included with full registration for the OMA Annual Conference and separate tickets for the celebration only are available for purchase.  More information will be posted in the spring.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by August 25 are eligible for a refund unless otherwise noted. Cancellations received after the registration deadline are non-refundable.  All cancellations must be in writing.  Participant substitutions are accepted at any time.  OMA is not responsible for cancellations sent but not received.

OMA reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.  In the event of such a cancellation, participants will receive a full registration refund.  OMA is not responsible for any expenses, travel or otherwise, incurred as a result of participation in our cancellation of a program.

Consent to Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in OMA conference and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OMA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image.