IAMFA International Association of Museum Facility Administrators The International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA) is an international nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the professional needs of museum facility and security administrators, especially their efforts to set and attain standards of excellence and quality in the sustainable design, construction, operation and maintenance of world-class cultural facilities.

In pursuit of these goals, the association sponsors an Annual Conference, Museum Benchmarking Exercise, and communicates with its membership and friends around the world through IAMFA's magazine Papyrus, its Website, and its LinkedIn Group.


Plans are shaping up nicely for the 27th Annual IAMFA Conference that begins September 24th, 2017 in Ottawa-Gatineau. Here is a link for the Draft Conference Schedule: https://newiamfa.org/resources/2017%203%20Delegates%20and%20Guests%20Program%20(15).pdf


Plans are shaping up for the 27th IAMFA Annual Conference in Ottawa-Gatineau Canada. Here is a draft Conference Schedule.https://newiamfa.org/resources/2017%203%20Delegates%20and%20Guests%20Program%20(15).pdf


Excellent Conference this year in Boston and the surrounding area. Thank you Jim Moisson, this years host from the Harvard Art Museums! We will post a group picture from the gala dinner as soon as it is available.


We are ready for all the IAMFA Family to converge on Boston for our 26th Annual Conference. Jim Moisson and I spent 12 hours today working on last minute details and last minute changes to registrations, but we are READY! We hope everyone has a good trip to Boston, and we are anxious to see you when you get here!

The preliminary schedule for the 26th IAMFA Conference is now on the newiamfa.org website

The preliminary schedule for the 26th IAMFA Conference is now on the newiamfa.org website

New England 2016 - October 2-5 plus an Optional Extra Day of Tours October 6http://newiamfa.org/conference.phpCultural I...

New England 2016 - October 2-5 plus an Optional Extra Day of Tours October 6


Cultural Institutions in Boston, USA and the surrounding region are hosts for the 26th IAMFA Conference beginning October 2nd, 2016. As plans are finalized, we will share information for delegates and guests on this web site and newiamfa.org. Here’s to seeing old friends again and making new ones. We hope to see you in Boston!

Our host of the 2016 IAMFA Annual Conference is James Moisson, who is Senior Facilities Manager at Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jim can be reached at [email protected]

Our dates are Sunday October 2, 2016 through Wednesday October 5. Of course, we are planning the benchmarking session for Sunday with Keith McClanahan of Facility Issues. We also have a wonderful optional Thursday, October 6 excursion planned: a bus trip to the northwest corner of Massachusetts, there to see Naumkeag, a wonderful historic property belonging to Trustees of Reservations in Stockbridge and the magnificent Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. This journey in the colorful New England autumnal countryside will be punctuated by a New England-style Thanksgiving lunch.

We are working out exactly when to get you out on the water, where to eat lobster and other issues of great importance. We mean to show you a good time and learn a few things too! Check back often for details on the education program, schedule, social events, and guest program as plans are finalized.
Conference Venues (thus far)

Hilton Boston Back Bay

This year's home base for the Conference will be the Hilton Boston Back Bay located in the historic Back Bay section of downtown Boston, steps from the Convention Center, Fenway Park, Newbury Street and Prudential Center shops. The hotel's downtown proximity keeps you close to all the excitement Boston has to offer. Guests can walk to some of Boston’s popular attractions like fashionable Newbury Street, offering stylish boutiques and restaurants, and the elegant Copley Place Mall. Immerse yourself in culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, just a short walk away.

We have negotiated a block of rooms for the conference. Please use the link on newiamfa.org to reserve your room by the cutoff date of September 8th.

Harvard Art Museums

In 2008, the Harvard Art Museums' historic building at 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, closed for a major renovation and expansion project. A new renovated building at 32 Quincy Street unites the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano, which increases gallery space by 40% and adds a glass, pyramidal roof. The renovation adds six levels of galleries, classrooms, lecture halls, and new study areas providing access to parts of the 250,000-piece collection of the museums. The new building was opened in November 2014.We plan to share stories of the major projects we have completed since many of you were here for the 2004 conference, addressing issues technical, aesthetic and programmatic. We also are developing plans to visit Harvard’s Widener Library and the Boston Public Library.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was incorporated in 1900 and opened in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924), an American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. It is housed in a building designed to emulate a 15th-century Venetian palace, drawing particular inspiration from the Venetian Palazzo Barbaro.

The museum houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, thirteen of the museum's works were stolen; the high-profile crime remains unsolved and the artwork's location is still unknown.

Today, the museum hosts exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, as well as concerts, lectures, family and community programs, and changing courtyard displays. In accordance with the will of Isabella Stewart Gardner, admittance is discounted to those wearing Boston Red Sox memorabilia, and is free to anyone named Isabella.

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts (or MFA) is one of the largest museums in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. With more than one million visitors a year, it is the 55th most-visited art museum in the world as of 2014.

Founded in 1870, the museum moved to its current location in 1909. The museum is affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and its sister museum, the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in Nagoya, Japan.

In the mid-2000s, the museum launched a major effort to renovate and expand its facilities. The renovation included a new Art of the Americas Wing opening on November 20, 2010, to feature artwork from North, South, and Central America.
In 2015, the museum renovated its Japanese garden, Tenshin-en. The garden's kabukimon-style entrance gate was built by Chris Hall of Massachusetts, using traditional Japanese carpentry techniques.

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is considered one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States. It is a successor to the East India Marine Society, established in 1799. It combines the collections of the former Peabody Museum of Salem (which acquired the Society's collection) and the Essex Institute. The museum holds one of the major collections of Asian art in the US. Its total holdings include about 1.3 million pieces, as well as twenty-two historic buildings. The Peabody Essex ranks among the top 20 art museums in the U.S. by measures including gallery space and endowment. Once the Advancement Campaign is complete and the newly expanded museum opens in 2019, PEM will rank in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage, operating budget and endowment. The P.E.M has more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime art and history; American art; Asian, Oceanic, and African art; Asian export art; two large libraries with over 400,000 books, manuscripts.

Clark Art Institute

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, referred to as "The Clark", is an art museum with a large collection located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA. In June 2008, the Clark expanded its campus with the addition of the Stone Hill Center, a 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) building designed by Tadao Ando on a nearby wooded hillside that contains exhibition space and a conservation studio. In 2014, the Clark Center, also designed by Ando, opened with more than 11,000 square feet of gallery space for special exhibitions; a multipurpose pavilion for conferences, lectures, and events; new dining, retail, and family spaces; and an all-glass Museum Pavilion that creates a new entrance to the original Museum Building. The Clark has a dual role of serving as a museum and a research institute; it is home to the Research and Academic Program, which offers semester-long fellowships to scholars and hosts many public lectures throughout the year. It is also the seat of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Cultural Institutions in Boston, USA and the surrounding region are hosts for the 26th IAMFA Conference beginning October 2nd, 2016. As plans are finalized, we will share information for delegates and guests on this web site and our page. Here’s to seeing old friends again and making new o…

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The Closing Gala at the Art Institute of Chicago September 23, 2015

The Closing Gala at the Art Institute of Chicago September 23, 2015


What a Great IAMFA 25th Annual Conference. It was so good seeing everyone again. Any suggestions on how we might use this IAMFA Page?


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The IAMFA Board is in Ottawa checking out the sites for the 2017 conference! Can't wait to see everyone in September.