Frequently Asked Questions

Conversation bubbles with FAQEvery year, we get a lot of questions about different aspects of the annual conference. Below is that list, grouped by topic, and we will continue to add relevant questions with answers as needed. If you have questions, please reach out to the MMA staff


How do I register for the Conference?

  • The conference base rate includes the opening reception on Monday, October 10, all activities and events Tuesday, October 11, and the closing Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 12. 
  • Additional individualized experiences can be added to the base rate during registration and costs vary. 

How do I register multiple staff?

  • Staff from member museums can register at the member rate if they are listed on the account. To add people to an account, the account administrator can login and follow the prompts to add contacts. Or the admin can send MMA the name, emails addresses and titles of the people to be added to the account. Once the members are added, they can login on their own to register. 
  • Each member will be invoiced for their registration individually through their account, but if you would like a combined invoice for multiple people, please email MMA.

Is there a Code of Conduct or Media Use Policy?

  • Yes! MMA aims to be an accepting and inclusive environment for everyone so we ask that you agree to the conference code of conduct when registering. We also ask for your permission to use your image for promotional purposes. View the policy.

Dress Code

Is there a dress code for the Grand Hotel?

  • Yes! The Grand Hotel has a dress code depending on the time of day you are active in the hotel. Because every evening at Grand Hotel is a special occasion, after 6:30 PM dresses, skirts, blouses, dress sweaters, and dress slacks for ladies are preferred, while gentlemen are required to wear a suit coat, necktie, and dress pants (no denim or shorts). This applies for all areas inside the hotel including the Parlor, Lobby, Terrace, and Main Dining Room, with the exception of the Cupola Bar. Children 12 years and older are expected to dress similar to adults.
  • If you are just coming and going to your room after 6:30 pm, the dress code does not apply. 


How do I get to Mackinac Island?

Ferry to Mackinac Island
  • Thanks to Shepler's Ferry, there will be a discounted ticket rate for conference attendees traveling between October 7 and October 12. Tickets are $23 round-trip for an adult and $14 for children. Promo code available once you complete registration. 
  • Shepler's Ferry Parking
    The 2022 overnight parking options and rates follow, continuous shuttle service to and from off-site lots:
    Mackinaw City: All options are self-parking.
    Day Parking: FREE (off-site)
    Standard Parking: $15.00/night (off-site)
    Premium Parking: $35.00/night on-site at the dock (gate ticket required for entry/exit)
    St. Ignace: All options are self-parking.
    Day Parking: FREE (on-site)
    Standard Parking: $15.00/night off-site (gate ticket required for entry/exit)
    Premium Parking: $20.00/night on-site at the dock (gate ticket required for entry/exit)
  • If you choose another ferry company, parking can be up to/over $10 per night. 

  • During the fall, ferries do not run with the same frequency. We will be talking with the ferry companies about providing a "late" boat should you choose to stay in a mainland hotel.

How do I travel between events on Mackinac Island?

  • There are taxis available for travel between events and around the island. You can also bring/rent a bike to use during your stay. At this time, transportation between venues is not included in your registration. 
  • Bikes are available for rental or you can bring your own bike over on the ferry (fee applies).  


View of meal with hands and cutlery

Are meals included in my registration?

  • Yes! Lunch is included during the Business meeting at the conference. 
  • Heavy hors d'oeuvres will also be served during the three evening receptions and are included in your registration.

Where should I eat on Mackinac Island? 

  • There are a variety of dining options on the Island, you can see a full list here
  • There is also a grocery store on the Island, Doud's Market, that sells pre-packaged meals. 
  • If you choose to dine at the Grand Hotel, and are staying in the hotel, you can have food charged to your room. Breakfast can be added to your reservation for $35/day. 

Will meals accommodate my dietary restrictions?

  • During the registration process, you will be asked about dietary restrictions. 

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

MMA with conversation bubbles


P.O. Box 5246

Cheboygan, MI 49721

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software