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MPMA 2021 Conference
Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

October 5-8, 2021
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


2021 Key Dates

Early Bird Registration deadline:
July 21, 2021

Advanced Registration deadline:
August 19, 2021

Final Pre-Registration Deadline: 
September 15, 2021

Sioux Falls Weather

October Weather in Sioux Falls averages 60 degrees daytime with nighttime lows of 36 degrees.  Be sure to bring appropriate clothing, coats and footwear.

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Due to the increasing numbers of Covid cases that are being reported, MPMA's Board leaders have voted to require that each participant wear a mask while at the conference. Social distancing accommodations will be made during dining activities in order to allow participants to safely unmask.

About Sioux Falls

From nature to art to history to architecture, Sioux Falls truly has something for everybody. Named for the Sioux tribes and the falls of the Big Sioux River, the city is now the largest in South Dakota.

The heart of Sioux Falls is the vibrant downtown, which is full of historic buildings, public art, and dozens of unique shops and restaurants. Spread throughout the downtown sidewalks, Sculpture Walk features over fifty pieces that artists loan to the city each year. Food runs the gamut from burgers to French patisserie, and if you’re thirsty, there are coffee shops galore, wine bars, and several craft breweries.

And yes, there really are waterfalls right in the city! Falls Park covers 128 acres at the northern edge of downtown and features not just the namesake waterfalls, but also a visitor center, gift shop, café, historic sites and markers, and an agriculture museum. A wide variety of other parks and museums are downtown and spread throughout the city.

You may be seeing pink after spending some time in Sioux Falls, as Sioux quartzite has been quarried in the area for over a century. Extremely hard and durable, it was used to construct many of the early buildings. Now it is frequently used as an aggregate in asphalt, so even our roads sometimes have a pink hue.

Special Rates

Day Passes, Senior and Student Rates available

Scholarships provide financial assistance

Discounted rates for MPMA members.  Not a MPMA member? Learn about MPMA’s Membership Opportunities

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association’s Annual Conference is known as a premier training and networking venue for those who work in MPMA’s region of ten states in the west.  This is where the networking begins. Provocative programming will get you thinking about all the possibilities in your museum or in your career.  Come away inspired and energized about your profession. Learn what is new in the profession. Then, go back home and make a difference in your community.

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