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Oregon Museums Association / About the OMA

About the OMA

A museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment.  From the International Council of Museums statutes, Article II, paragraph.1

The Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is a nonprofit educational membership organization who mission is to support the museums of Oregon. The members include both institutions and individuals: art museums, history museums, children’s museums, science museums, and specialty museums; museum curators, directors, board members, exhibit designers, development officers, volunteers, archivists, educators.

 

Founded in 1976, the OMA currently represents more than 200 Oregon museums and insudtry professionals. Its current initiatives include:

 

  • Publishing a quarterly newsletter, the OMA Dispatch
  • Hosting and maintaining a website about Oregon museums
  • Sponsoring an annual membership meeting and conference, and two regional meetings, at locations throughout the state
  • Publishing and distributing the bi-annual Oregon Museums Guidebook, which is distributed to visitor centers, museums, and chambers of commerce statewide
  • Making museums aware of legislation that might affect their operations
  • Keeping legislators and representatives informed about museum affairs and their impact on Oregon’s culture, economy and livability

 




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