Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Mutual Concerns
Mutual Concerns

Marketplace/Vendor Information


Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference

Crystal City, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

at the Marriott Crystal Gateway and National Air and Space Museum

Friday, April 11th — Monday, April 14th, 2014
Optional Field trips are being planned for Tuesday, April 15th

Sponsored by:

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

 

The world's top aviation and space museums will be meeting this spring at the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference. This unique, popular annual gathering brings together museum professionals to share their challenges and successes, learn about different and new approaches in their field, and seek better ways of doing business.

This year the meeting is in Crystal City, Virginia and Washington, DC. Participants worldwide are looking forward to the annual event and are making their plans to attend. We'd like to invite you to become an exhibitor at this prestigious event.



Attendees

The event draws over 150 participants from over 100 of the finest museums across the globe, as well as a number of small and growing institutions looking for support and ideas.


Marketplace Overview

The conference includes a "Marketplace," which features a small group of exhibitors who offer expertise, goods, and services to the museum community. Each year, we look forward to seeing the familiar faces of our loyal exhibitors to hear about their latest offerings and innovations. We also seek out a limited number of new exhibitors, so our attendees can learn about different services every year they attend.

For those of you who have not been part of the Marketplace, we keep the number of exhibitors and sponsors low, usually at about 8 to 15. There are also several different levels of participation. See below for Exhibit & Sponsor Fees and Benefits.

The Marketplace begins with the big event on Friday night at the Marriott Crystal Gateway where all exhibitors and sponsors are invited to set up a table to display their best wares and meet our participants. The next two session days of the conference continue at the Marriott and exhibitors are invited to staff their table, as well as attend any sessions they would like.  Monday, the conference sessions are at the National Air and Space Museum. There will be no exhibiting that day, but Marketplace members are invited to participate in all sessions at the Museum. Full details can be found below.

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Benefactors are all encouraged to get to know our attendees throughout the conference and we will make sure there is ample time for attendees and Marketplace participants to meet and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Areas of Interest to Participants

-- web site development
-- e-commerce and e-newsletters
-- admissions/ticketing
-- corporate events
-- retail sales
-- fundraising
-- increasing membership, donations, and attendance
-- attraction-based exhibits
-- interactive device development
-- artifact and collections management
-- conservation and restoration
-- exhibit design, lighting, acoustics, and fabrication
-- security
-- new technologies
-- professional consulting




Joining the Marketplace

If you have a product or service that would interest conference participants, please review this detailed information, which will help you decide if you want to apply to be a Benefactor, Sponsor, or Exhibitor. All exhibitors are encouraged to attend the conference sessions to gain insight into the wants and needs of the air and space museum community, and gather ideas for working with them.

You will find our fees are reasonable for exhibiting and sponsoring at the basic level. You will also find that being an event sponsor or benefactor is a great bargain for the opportunities offered.


 

Marketplace Fees and Benefits

$1,200 – Information Sharing/Exhibitor Tables

  • Company name, contact information and description will be featured in the conference materials.
  • Exhibit table for Friday evening reception and Saturday and Sunday sessions at the Marriott Crystal Gateway. (There is no exhibiting at the Museum on Monday, but Marketplace members are invited to participate in all Monday sessions.)
  • One free conference pass admittance to all sessions, meals, and social events Friday through Monday; one additional company representative may attend the Friday evening reception.
  • Exhibit space is 6' draped, table, and two chairs. Logistics and set-up information will be provided in separate correspondence after registration is confirmed. Internet connection and audiovisual rental available for additional, reasonable fees.

$1,500 – Early Registration Regular Sponsor

  • SPECIAL EARLYBIRD $1,500 OFFER TO SPONSORS REGISTERING BY FEBRUARY 28th
  • All the Exhibitor benefits above.
  • Prominent listing as a sponsor in participant materials and formal announcement at the conference of your sponsorship.
  • Up to two company representatives may attend the Friday evening reception.

$1,700 – Regular Sponsor

  • All benefits listed above, but registered after Feb 28th.

$2,500 – Event Sponsors

  • All the Sponsor benefits above.
  • The opportunity to give a three-minute introduction about your company to our participants.
  • A pamphlet or brochure about your company can be included in our registration material.
  • Up to two free conference passes for exhibiting and admittance to all sessions, meals, and social events; and one additional company representative may attend the Friday evening reception.

$5,000 – Event Benefactors

  • All Event Sponsor benefits above.
  • The opportunity to make a 10-minute audiovisual presentation about your company to participants.
  • A pamphlet or brochure about your company can be included in our registration package.
  • Up to three free conference passes for exhibiting and admittance to all conference sessions, meals, and social events; and two additional company representatives are provided access to the Friday evening reception.


Register Now.

Don't Delay

Register to secure your space today!

Contact Jean DeStefano via e-mail or phone (202-633-2388) with any questions. Spaces are limited.

We're looking forward to hosting a great selection of companies at this year's Marketplace!