Begun as a small seminar in 1989, the NMPS has become a vibrant biennial conference, welcoming professionals from the museum publishing world and beyond.
As repositories of the nation’s cultural, historic, and scientific resources, museums are in a unique position to develop specialized publications that reflect their educational missions and collections. Museum publication programs serve many purposes: scholarly, documentary, and informational. The purpose of the National Museum Publishing Seminar is to foster rigorous, informed conversations on the role of museum publishing today.
Speakers and attendees are drawn from the publications, digital media, and marketing departments at art, science, and history museums, as well as academics and professionals from university presses, small publishers, and design firms. They are joined by sponsors and exhibitors who serve museums and their needs by providing paper, printing, photographic expertise, design, writing, editing, packaging, web design, and other services.
Attendees come from a variety of personal and professional contexts, but are united in their desire for deep discussion around scholarly publications and their appreciation of museum books as art objects in their own right.
The NMPS was founded in 1989. Each year, we produce a print program listing all of our speakers, panels, and events. To learn more about previous conferences, please explore the resources below.
|19th||July 9–August 12, 2020||Digital Conference||2020 NMPS Brochure|
|18th||May 3–5, 2018||San Francisco, CA||2018 NMPS Brochure|
|17th||May 12–14, 2016||Chicago, IL||2016 NMPS Brochure|
|16th||June 12–14, 2014||Boston, MA||2014 NMPS Brochure|
|15th||June 21–23, 2012||Chicago, IL||2012 NMPS Brochure|
|14th||June 17–19, 2010||Washington DC||2010 NMPS Brochure|
|13th||June 12–14, 2008||Chicago, IL||2008 NMPS Brochure|
|12th||June 1–2, 2006||Philadelphia, PA||2006 NMPS Brochure|
|11th||April 29–May 1, 2004||Pasadena, CA||2004 NMPS Brochure|
|10th||September 26–28, 2002||Chicago, IL||2002 NMPS Brochure|
|9th||July 13–15, 2000||Ottawa, Canada||2000 NMPS Brochure|
|8th||April 30–May 1, 1998||New York, NY||1998 NMPS Brochure|
|7th||April 25–27, 1996||Chicago, IL||1996 NMPS Brochure|
|6th||May 3–6, 1995||Pasadena, CA||1995 NMPS Brochure|
|5th||May 5–7, 1994||Washington DC||1994 NMPS Brochure|
|4th||April 15–17, 1993||Chicago, IL||1993 NMPS Brochure|
|3rd||December 11–13, 1991||Houston, TX||1991 NMPS Brochure|
|2nd||December 6–7, 1990||Philadelphia||1990 NMPS Brochure|
|1st||September 27–29, 1989||Milwaukee, WI||1989 NMPS Brochure|
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