About

overview

Who we are and how we serve our community

committees

The people who make it all happen

board of directors

Meet MSA leadership

contact us

Get in touch with us

staff

Your Museum Store Association contacts

donate

Ways to support our nonprofit organization

membership

Join or renew

How to join MSA or renew Membership

shoptalk

Our industry conversation platform

membership Directory

Members only access

chapters

Leadership at the local level

MSA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

An opportunity for professionals with budget challenges to attend MSA FORWARD

RECOGNITION AWARDS

The 2023 MSA Recognition Award winners

MSA NEXT

Emerging industry professionals

BUYER'S CHOICE AWARDS

Recognizing creativity and innovation in retail products among the exhibitors at MSA FORWARD

education

Educational Recordings Library

Searchable downloads of all educational
sessions for members and non-members

publications

Providing ideas and methods to help store operators and employees

msa forward

Past conferences with links to session recordings, awards, exhibitors, and more. 

resource library

Curated content library for our members

Upcoming Live Webinars

What is ON for live digital events

MSA Blog

Articles written by subject matter experts to inform and educate

Knowledge standards

The foundation of nonprofit retail

Events

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

The schedule of webinars and events with descriptions and links to registration pages

msa forward conference

Where to find information about MSA FORWARD Conference and Expo

market Events

MSA events at wholesale gift markets

museum store Sunday EVENT

Annual Museum Store Advocacy Day

INSTITUTIONS & INDIVIDUALS

The Museum Store Association Institution 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 cultural institution. Nonprofit retail professionals across the nation turn to MSA to connect, learn and do business with like-minded professionals that understands the intricacies of museum stores.

Member-exclusive benefits:

  • Access to on-demand webinars on relevant trends and best practices
  • Community discussions through Shop Talk, MSA’s online community that allows you to ask questions, seek advice and gain insights from your peers on best practices and lessons learned
  • Subscription to the digital and print issues of Museum Store Magazine, MSA’s biannual publication, is the leading source of ideas, interviews and information for store operators at nonprofit and cultural institutions
  • Membership in one of our eight regional chapters for local networking and education
  • Access to the detailed Knowledge Standards representing skills that support a member’s professional development
  • Listing in the MSA Online Membership Directory
  • Access to the MSA Job Source for posting jobs and finding talent
  • Eligibility for recognition through MSA awards program
  • Thought leadership opportunities to contribute to MSA publications and monthly blog
  • Volunteer opportunities on an MSA taskforce or committee
  • MSA exclusive networking opportunities at national and regional markets and gift shows to connect with fellow members in the context of larger industry events
  • Access to MSA vendor members who understand and are passionate about museum stores

*nonprofit institutions and individual members can vote in MSA elections and serve on the Board of Directors.

Special member pricing:

  • Registration for MSA Annual Conference & Expo, MSA FORWARD, the premiere opportunity for nonprofit retail professionals to meet with vendors and learn trends and best practices
  • eBooks and industry publications providing relevant data for benchmarking your success and key insights into topics such as tourism trends, increasing web traffic and public relations
  • The 2022 MSA Retail Industry Report, which provides benchmarks and insights for nonprofit retail professionals and institutions
  • FedEx shipping and freight discounts with Partnership
  • Member perks at gift shows and markets

WHY JOIN THE MUSEUM STORE ASSOCIATION?

MSA membership gives you the tools, education, and community to enhance your visitors’ experience. Discover what MSA can do for you.

MSA membership is the easiest way to advance your personal knowledge base within a group of people that have similar interests.

Dan Ayers-Price
Key West Art and Historical Society

 

Membership Pricing and Details

Who can join as an Institution Member

Any museum, zoo, historic house, etc. which self-operates a museum store. Museum store may not be outsourced. Each member is authorized to cast votes for their institution. Institution determines voting members, and may change the individuals as desired.

Institutions can choose the amount of employees they wish to allocate to MSA membership.

The levels for institution membership are as follows:

MEMBERSHIP TYPE NUMBER OF MEMBERS PRICE
Individual Membership 1 $180/person
2-3 Memberships 2-3 $155/person
4 or More Memberships 4+ $130/person
Individual Membership (For Profit) 1 $210
Non-Affiliated Retail Professional 1 $210
Individual Emeritus 1 $105
Individual Student 1 $50

WHY JOIN THE MUSEUM STORE ASSOCIATION?

MSA membership gives you the tools, education, and community to enhance your visitors’ experience. Discover what MSA can do for you.

MSA’s webinars, blogs and anything they post, including their knowledge standards are all geared towards supporting our mission. Dan Ayers-Price

Ellen Bragalone 
Museum of Fine Arts Boston