Thank you for joining us in Washington, D.C. for MSA Forward 2018, the 63rd annual Retail Conference & Expo!


MSA Forward 2018 is headed to Washington, DC in 2018.  From April 26 to 30, MSA will bring together hundreds of vendors and buyers to learn, network and discover products perfect for Museum Store customers.

Our three-day Breakout Sessions Program provides knowledge on how cultural institutions can run their store most effectively.  Each conference session is designed to help attending retailers + exhibitors “Master Non-Profit Retail”.

The one-of-a-kind Expo enables buyers to browse the amazing products vendors have to offer museum and cultural institutions.  Meet with experienced vendors, see new products and plan your buying for the coming year. You also can meet with vendors who can work with you to develop custom products reflecting your institution’s mission.

Learning excursions hosted at a variety of D.C. cultural venues are designed to promote a creative atmosphere where attendees + exhibitors can gather to network + socialize.

Expo + Conference to be held at The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel with events centered around an intimate hotel ballroom.

The MSA App is here!

Download it today, as we update the MSA App the latest information is available in real-time. Use the App to browse the expo floor plan, search exhibitors and their featured products + access their contact information, explore the conference learning sessions + read up on the speakers, you can even access the most current information on learning excursions.

Push notifications will ensure you are kept up to date on MSA FORWARD announcements + you will receive reminders on the events you save.

We look forward to populating the App with all exhibitor information soon. Currently the full schedule, speakers are available.

Open this link in your smart phone to download the App today:

2018 MSA Recognition Awards

The 2018 MSA Recognition Award winners will be announced on Saturday, April 28 during the Networking and Awards Gala with Silent Auction, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. This is the big celebration event as MSA FORWARD 2018, the annual MSA Retail Conference & Expo!

The Recognition Award categories include:

  • MSA Vendor of the Year
  • Best Visual Merchandising
  • Best Product Development
  • Best Store Web Presence
  • Best Pop-Up Store or Store Special Event
  • NEW – Best Museum Store Sunday Event – Institution
  • NEW – Best Museum Store Sunday Event – Vendor
Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will be held during the MSA Networking and Awards Gala, Saturday, April 28, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm at the
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit the Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Many thanks to our Silent Auction Donors for their generosity!

Contact Us

Have a question about the Conference & Expo? Reach out to us at:

(215) 320-4667

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