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Building Museums: Tours, Workshops, and Receptions

  • 04 Mar 2020
  • 06 Mar 2020
  • Various Locations in Chicago


  • Wed, March 4 2:30 pm–5:30 pm

    Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture
    Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center
    mission is to inspire people to discover why
    design matters. Join staff from the Architecture
    Center to learn about the process of building
    their new visitor center space which houses a
    4,250-building scale model of Chicago.
    Join staff on a tour of the new American Writer’s
    Museum. Attendees will hear a presentation from the inaugural president of the museum who will talk about the process of building this specific museum in this space and the challenges involved, as well as an overview of the current exhibits. Attendees will also be given a chance to explore the museum.
    Note: Transportation will NOT be provided.
    Directions will be provided to registrants.
  • Unwind after a long day of sessions with a drink
    and some hors d’oeuvres in our Exhibitors Expo
    at the JW Marriott Chicago. Meet and mingle
    with industry service providers, architects,
    engineers, and museums.

    Location: JW Marriott Chicago
  • Join friends and colleagues at MAAM Building
    MuseumsTM opening reception on Wednesday,
    March 4, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Enjoy
    drinks and hors d’oeuvres with colleagues!

    Location: TBD

    Note: Pre-registration is required; no additional
    fee to conference attendees. Transportation
    will NOT be provided. Directions will be
    provided to registrants.
  • Wed. March 4 2-4pm

    What can we learn from groundbreaking exhibits
    ten years after they have been opened? The
    Museum of Science and Industry Chicago (MSI)
    Science Storms exhibit will turn ten years old
    in March, 2020. Science Storms is a wondrous
    laboratory where visitors interact with large-scale
    experiments that explore nature’s most powerful
    phenomena. The synthesis of compelling
    interactive exhibits, environmental media, and
    strong contextual storytelling set a new paradigm
    for what science museums can achieve. Go
    behind the scenes with the original MSI 2010
    Team and Evidence Design as they tour attendees
    through the exhibition and discuss its relevance
    and lessons learned from creating such a
    groundbreaking exhibition. Attendees will also
    have time to explore the exhibit on their own.

    Note:Transportation will NOT be provided.
    Directions will be provided to registrants.
  • Wed. March 4 2-4 pm

    Come to Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy
    Pier to see and hear about the renovation
    and expansion of their first two floors and
    the engineering and construction challenges
    faced in creating the new exhibit Cloud Buster.
    Designed by artist Kevin Winters, Cloud Buster
    is 37 climbable feet of structural steel, wood,
    wire, rope, acrylic, fiberglass, and artificial turf
    perched over Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Family Pa-
    vilion. Visitors can explore multiple levels, climb
    through unexpected spaces, and ascend to The
    Apartment, Cloud Buster’s highest destination.
    No two climbs are the same. Every nook and
    cranny provides a different thrill.
    Note: Transportation will NOT be provided.
    Directions will be provided to registrants.
  • 11 AM to 1PM
    Tour the Anthropology Oversize Collections Storeroom in the Collection Resource Center (CRC) at the Field Museum. In 2005, the Museum began to move into this 180,000 square foot underground addition, which houses collections and workspaces for the Zoological, Paleontological, and Anthropology collections areas. Field Museum Anthropology Collections Staff will tour guests through the upper level of the facility highlighting the care and use of oversized Anthropology collections. Attendees will be able to tour the museum's non-ticketed exhibitions and public areas after the tour concludes.
  • 11 AM to 1 PM Wed. March 4.
    Tour the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 4 new community spaces – the Street, Marisol restaurant, the Commons, and the state-of-the-art Crown Family Learning Center -- created in 2017 as part of the MCA’s $16M renovation. MCA senior staff and a representative from local architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, will tour attendees through the space. Guests will be provided free admission to the museum at the conclusion of the tour.
  • Wed. March 4 1-3 pm
    Explore Wrightwood 659 with an hour-long
    guided tour through the museum’s current
    exhibition – “Allure of Matter” as well as a tour
    through the building. Guests will learn about
    the building history as well as the art housed
    within it. Attendees will also hear from Jeff
    Jozwiak, Principal at Norcon, to learn about
    the construction process. building and its
    history as well as the art housed within it.
    Note: Transportation will NOT be provided.
    Directions will be provided to registrants.
  • Wednesday, March 4 8 am - 4:30 pm

    Attend this day of discussion, conversation,
    networking, and inquiry at the JW Marriott
    Chicago with a group of your peers. A multi-
    disciplinary group, including museum planners,
    architects, engineers, exhibit designers, and
    general contractors will take you through
    the museum-building process—from inception
    to construction. Lunch will be provided.
    AIA continuing education credits are available.

    Speakers: Jame Anderson, Hal Davis, David
    Greenbaum, Sarah Ghorbanian from Smith-
    Group; Robert Sullivan, Chora; Jared Oldroyd,
    Clark Construction; Daniel Pomfrett, Cumming;
    Gretchen Coss from Gallagher and Associates.

Registration is closed

Use this event to register for Building Museum workshops and tours!

Also, if you are NOT attending the Symposium you can use this event to register for receptions you wish to attend. (Please note, that all receptions are included at no additional charge for symposium registrants). 

Tour times are subject to change. Tours and workshop reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you are no longer able to attend your tour or Ready, Aim, Build, contact us at

Registration Cancellation Policy and Refunds

If you need to cancel your registration, we will provide a refund of the ticket price, less a $20 processing fee, up to Friday, February 21, 2020. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than Friday, February 21, 2020. explaining the need for a refund. No refunds shall be made to individuals who pay the full registration fee, then attend only a portion of the conference.  MAAM will hold Building Museums rain, snow, or shine. No refunds shall be made after the deadline for an attendee's cancellation of their registration due to inclement weather. If MAAM must cancel the conference in its entirety due to circumstances beyond the control of MAAM (including but not limited to: extreme weather resulting in a state of emergency, acts of God, war, terrorism, failure of transportation, accidents, fire, electrical failure, strikes, labor disputes, and government orders), MAAM will not refund registration or travel expenses, but instead will waive the individual's registration fee for a future MAAM conference. 

After February 21, 2020, no refunds will be granted.

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