2019 Annual Conference


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All aboard! for Nevada Museums Association Conference in Ely, Nevada on October 8-11, 2019. The theme “Laying the Rails” inspires a closer look at how we, as museum professionals, utilize day-to-day operations to cement our foundations and build for the future.

Are your museums’ processes and procedures staying on track? This conference will discuss museum methodologies for putting “how we do things” into best practices documents such as collection policies, board charters, strategic plans, etc.

This theme also incorporates the spirit of the transcontinental railroad’s sesquicentennial celebration. Museums across Nevada are educating their communities on the importance of the anniversary and why it should be celebrated. The theme invites a closer look at year-long programmatic themes, engine-ous social media outreach, and the junction of past and present within museum spaces.


We will be meeting at the Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 W 6th St., Ely, NV 89301

Conference Schedule

Download the Conference Booklet (PDF: 9.9MB) and the Schedule-at-a-Glance (PDF: 4.47MB) and start planning today!


Registration is now open. Visit https://nma37.wildapricot.org/event-3478591 to sign up.

Registration includes Nevada Northern Railway excursion on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm and dinner at Nevada State Railroad Museum at 7:30 pm; Ward Charcoal Ovens outing on Thursday at 5:30pm; 3 breakfasts; and 2 lunches. Workshop fees not included.


We have arranged special conference rates at the Hotel Nevada and Jailhouse Casino in Ely. The hotels face each other across the street and will be an easy walk to conference meeting locations.

To reserve your rooms at our special rates, call the hotels and use the codes below: 

  • Hotel Nevada: 888-406-3055
    Rooms are $66.60 plus tax, use code NVMA to reserve. 
  • Jailhouse Casino: 775-289-3033
    Rooms are $66.40 (includes tax), use code NV Museums

Things to See on the Way!

Whether you're coming from Reno or Las Vegas or other points in Nevada, there's sure to be some amazing sights along the way to Ely. Lisa Gilbert at BLM put together this list of things to do on the drive to Ely to make sure you don't miss any of them. Thanks, Lisa!

Things to do along the way (PDF: 72KB)