It’s All Happenin’ at the MuseumExpo™

 One of the most popular and vibrant locales at any AAM Annual Meeting is the Expo Hall, and this will again hold true in Houston. More than 200 exhibitors are coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston to display and demonstrate their latest products and services, designed to improve operations and programs at all types and sizes of museums.

 The array of companies on hand in the Expo Hall will showcase the latest in technology, exhibit design, lighting, security and other innovations critical to the museum field.  And if that’s not enough, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Expo Hall and email stations to help you stay abreast of things on the home front.

In the Expo Hall you can get a first glimpse at the latest museum products and set up appointments with exhibitor representatives. Of course, you can browse the Expo Hall anytime during its hours of operation:

            Monday, May 23                   Noon – 5 p.m.

            Tuesday, May 24                  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

            Wednesday, May 25            10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Join AAM president Ford Bell and the leaders of the Houston museum community on Monday, May 23 from noon – 2 pm for the grand opening of the Expo Hall, complete with light nibbles and refreshment for all attendees and entertainment by a local Houston arts group.

 Come back on Tuesday for a complimentary coffee break for all attendees from 10-10:30 am and a free ice cream break scheduled from 3-3:30 pm later that afternoon. And, of course, there’s always food and refreshments available for purchase at the AAM Café in the Expo Hall.

 The key to the convivial atmosphere of the MuseumExpo™ is, of course, the people. “Here’s what one veteran of the Expo Hall had to say:

 “The AAM MuseumExpo™ is an invaluable event for us,” said Art Manask, principal/president of Manask & Associates, one of North America’s leading earned income, foodservice and gift shop consulting firms and a long-time AAM exhibitor. “We get to engage many museum professionals from all across the country and around the world, network with our many clients and friends, and introduce prospective clients to the range of consultative services we provide. So important is exhibiting at AAM, while we attend all the national and regional conferences we only exhibit at AAM and a couple of others. Just as important, these conversations and networking enable us to learn what the museum field needs to do their jobs better and how we might provide that service.”

 Houston-area firms wanting to reach the museum field are offered special discounts on Expo Hall space. Contact Shelon Atwater (satwater@aam-us.org) for details.

 –Dewey Blanton, American Association of Museums

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