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MSA vendors are the trusted business partners of hundreds of museum store buyers across the globe.

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The MSA Annual Conference & Expo brings museum store buyers and vendors together for three days of learning, shopping and fun!

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The MSA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Steiner of The Barnes Foundation as Second Vice President for the 2015/16 term.

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Learning=Success!
MSA’s new certificate program gives you the knowledge you need to ensure your continued career growth.

WHY JOIN MSA?

The Museum Store Association Individual Membership gives you access to the knowledge, resources and community you need to create a thriving, revenue-producing store that supports the greater mission of your institution—and the greater mission of YOU! Through MSA, nonprofit retail professionals connect with a select group of vendors who support the association and whose products support your buying strategies.

  • Online and in-person learning sessions throughout the year.
  • MSA Certificate Program for your continued career growth.
  • Connections with MSA vendors who supply high quality, distinctive products for the museum store space.
  • Your membership is yours—it goes wherever you go.
  • Online networking with ShopTalk, MSA’s online community.
  • Members save on popular MSA publications and the Industry Retail Report.
  • Discounts on books, events, learning sessions and at member museum stores.
  • Museum Store magazine, Weekly News Brief and quarterly member newsletter.

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Board Appoints 2nd Vice President

The Board of Directors of the Museum Store Association (MSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Steiner, Retail Operations Manager at The Barnes Foundation, as Second Vice President for the 2015/16 term. The second vice president serves a three-year term, serving as board president in the final term. “Julie’s appointment as incoming second […]

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Why I Invest

I invest time writing customer service and sales training programs. Why? Because the payoff is that my customers will be well serviced. I invest time in developing products that reflect the Kennedy Center. Why? Because those are the proprietary products that support our mission and can produce additional margins. I invest time in writing a […]

THE LATEST SHOPTALK

Sandy Fisher

To my MSA Friends: I wanted you to know that I will be retiring effective this month. For over 25 years, I have had the privilege and pleasure to be the manager and buyer for retail operations at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. The MSA family, this special retail museum profession, with managers, buyers, and vendors has helped me enjoy this job for so many years and make the Mint Museum Shops successful. So it’s important for me to say THANK YOU for your many years of support.

Sandy FisherMint Museum, Charlotte NC
Karen McNeely

I’m stuck with a wonderful problem. My exhibition store for Heaven & Earth: 500 Years of Italian Art is bigger than I had anticipated. I’m looking for ideas for additional product to fill it. The categories we have include angels, Italian food, wine, Italian ceramics, gilded frames and Christmas ornaments in the above themes. Any ideas are appreciated.

Karen McNeelyMilwaukee Museum of Art
Ione Saroyan

It’s not too late to join the North Atlantic Chapter meeting (Sept. 14-15). Come just for the Monday meeting or join us for the whole caboodle, either way all are welcome! On Monday we’ll have a panel discussion covering all aspects of buying, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing US made goods. Explore and learn at Mass MoCA and the Clark Art Institute in the beautiful Berkshires! Check the MSA website Chapter page for all the details!

Ione SaroyanNew-York Historical Society Museum & Library
Terri Robertson

We launched our online store in December and currently only offer shipping in the US. We’d like to expand to ship internationally in the very near future, as many of our customers are international visitors. Has anyone run into trouble shipping internationally? Are there carriers that are better than others (we currently use UPS)? Any advice would be great!

Terri RobertsonMIT Museum Store

HARTFORD HERE WE COME!

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We’re heading to Hartford for four days of learning, shopping, networking, buying and fun.

Each year the MSA Conference & Expo brings together museum store managers and vendors from around the world for education, networking and buying.

MSA members and vendors look forward to this annual opportunity to connect and reconnect, forge new relationships, learn from the best minds in the industry, and enjoy the great cities we visit.

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  • Connect

    Network with more than 300 colleagues during receptions, member luncheon and awards, and more receptions.

  • Learn

    More than 20 educational sessions will cover inventory best practices, marketing, financial management, merchandise planning and more.
    Fantastic opening and closing keynotes will inspire your work as a nonprofit retail professional.
    A guided excursion to Hartford’s historic and fantastic museums will give you new ideas.

  • Do Business

    Connect with more than 200 vendors with merchandise aligned with the museum industry.
    Shop for three days and connect with MSA vendors. The best business relationships are born at the MSA Conference & Expo.
    The product development marketplace highlights products developed by museum stores.