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The Museum Institute: Leadership, Partnership, and Mentorship

Great Camp Sagamore September 28 - October 1, 2021

What happens when you leave the day to day noise behind, think deeply, and savor the beauty of the Adirondacks? 

A unique and immersive experience like no other.

The Museum Institute is the perfect place for emerging and established leaders to develop strategies to face new challenges. What you learn in this immersive, participatory program will help you affect positive change in your organization, your career, and your community. Learn from other leaders in the museum field who will share their expertise to help create solutions, build audiences, and develop your institutional management skills. 

MANY Members $725.

Non-members $750

Registration opens Tuesday, June 15

Meet our presenters



What is the Museum Institute?


The Museum Institute is a retreat for museum professionals held at Great Camp Sagamore in the heart of the Adirondacks. Participants learn in collaboration with presenters who use their own experiences, successes, and challenges to start and inspire conversations. Over the course of four days in this beautiful and isolated environment, all you will be asked to do is think deeply and participate in learning. In between conversations you will have time to explore the grounds of Camp Sagamore or sit by the fire in the evening. 

The Museum Institute is not a conference nor a workshop - it offers the opportunity to have conversations with presenters throughout your stay. You will exchange ideas over breakfast, discuss strategies by the campfire and reflect on your experiences with theirs.




What's included in my registration?

Registration includes tuition, housing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, all meals, and all activities including a boat tour on Raquette lake, guided walks, kayaking, canoeing, and more.




What should I bring?

Fall weather in the Adirondacks can be unpredictable. Be prepared for warm, autumn sunshine but pack a couple of outer layers and rain gear in case we encounter a chilly, rainy week. The Institute is casual –jeans and closed-toed walking shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

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About Great Camp Sagamore

Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark in the Adirondack wilderness. Built in 1897 by visionary great camps designer William West Durant on 1,526 acres of remote wilderness in the Adirondack Park, Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness retreat for the Vanderbilt family for half a century. It is a National Historic Landmark managed by a non-profit education institution as a public trust.

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MANY's COVID-19 Safety Policy for In-Person Events

With the safety of our colleagues foremost in mind, attendees at programs offered by the Museum Association of New York must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Policy.

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The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts

with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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