Museum Institute at Sagamore


Museum Association of New York is using 2015 to evaluate and redesign the Museum Institute format based on feeback received from our membership. Stay tuned for plan updates for the Museum Institute in 2016.


About the Institute

The Museum Institute at Sagamore provides museum staff & trustees opportunities in a historic, reflective setting to:

  • Grow individually and professionally
  • Think creatively about the impact and potential of museums
  • Build diverse networks
  • Acquire the skills needed to advance the work of their organizations

Begun in 1997, the Institute is held at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks, a National Historic Landmark that provides a unique setting for learning and reflection.

In the words of past participants:

“I have learned so much.  New ideas, possibilities, and changes that will create a much more active and engaging museum. ”

“All the presenters were great…. it is the most valuable conference I have been to.”

“It reminded me of how much I love what I do; and how important and powerful our organizations can be in our community.”

“I thought this whole conference was invigorating and enlightening!”

The Institute was created by Museumwise, now the Museum Association of New York, an organization that provides a wide variety of training and professional development opportunities for museums in New York State.  The institute is made possible, in part, by support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Who should Attend
The Museum Institute at Sagamore is open to individuals who are currently employed by or serve in a leadership role at a museum, heritage organization or museum service organization. We encourage  individuals from across the disciplines (both organizationally – art, children’s, history, & science museums, etc and professionally – administrators, educators, curators, etc) to join together in discussion.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
Applicants should be engaged in a nonprofit museum, university-related museum or museum service organization in a position to influence policy and effect change in their museum. Applicants must be sponsored by their institutions, receiving release time and financial support where institutional policies allow.

How are Participants Selected?
Up to twenty-five participants are selected through a competitive process that evaluates the following:

  • Professional experience, including evidence of leadership experience
  • Ability to influence policy and effect change in the applicant’s institution and the museum field
  • Commitment to the museum field and career progress
  • Motivation and goals for participating in the Institute
  • Recommendation and support from the applicant’s institution

What is the Fee?
The total cost to participate in the institute including food, lodging, an extensive resource binder, and all conference materials is $695 (double occupancy) for individuals working in New York State museums, $900 for out of state participants. Preference is given to New York State participants.

Single rooms are available by request for a premium of $150/3 nights, making the total cost for the institute with single room $845.


Travel Grants 
Registration fees, travel fees and lodging costs of up to $1000 for multiple can be supported through a NYSCA sponsored Travel Grant.  


Please contact MANY with any questions at 518-273-3400;

The Museum Institute at Sagamore is funded in part by the Museum Program at the New York State Council on the Arts.