Plan Your Trip to CI 2021

Accommodations and Key Dates

Refer to this page for important Collective Imagination dates and to plan your trip to Washington, D.C.

Wondering if CI 2021 Is for You?

Collective Imagination is intended for collections professionals such as Registrars, Collections Managers, Curators, Digital Asset Managers, and Database Managers.

By bringing together the best and the brightest, Collective Imagination provides museum professionals with an exclusive, powerful, and practical learning experience.

Engage in forward-thinking discussions and explore the strategies museums are employing to care for their collections.


Early Bird Registration Closes
August 31, 2021

Hotel Booking Closes
September 30, 2021

Standard and Workshop Registrations Close
October 31, 2021

Conference Venue | Collective Imagination 2020

The Royal Sonesta is an upscale boutique hotel with a commitment to healthy lifestyles and an amenities package to appeal to every CI attendee.

  • Complimentary coffee and tea each morning
  • Nightly hosted evening wine hour
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Free, custom designed PUBLIC bikes for riding around town
  • Free yoga mat in every room
  • 24-hour gym
  • Luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities – no wasteful, disposable plastic bottles
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and meeting space
  • Waived hotel fee valued at USD 25 per room, per night

Royal Sonesta Washington D.C.

Collective Imagination 2021 will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, in Washington, D.C. Located in the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Dupont Circle, this art themed hotel is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining, arts and nightlife.

Your Safety
We are working with the Royal Sonesta hotel & conference venue to put in place strict safety measures. Read our Safety protocols and the hotel’s Stay Safe with Sonesta health and cleanliness program.

Group Rates
USD 189 per night for a deluxe room. (Plus applicable taxes)

Please note that these group rates are only valid for your stay from November 13 to November 20, 2021, and are subject to availability. To enjoy this special group rate, your booking must be made between March 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.

Hotel Coordinates
2121 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037 US

Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.

Guests find themselves centrally positioned in one of D.C.’s most beloved and thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, with easy access to nearby highlights ranging from 14th Street NW, Adams Morgan, and Embassy Row to Georgetown and George Washington universities. And if you’re looking to venture even farther, simply hop on the Metro, and get exploring.

A couple-minute stroll takes you to the Dupont Circle Metro station (a red-line stop). Purchase a ticket from a kiosk in the station, or buy a reloadable SmarTrip® Card online in advance (allow at least five days for delivery).

The DC Circulator stops right near us (at 19th and N streets NW), and takes passengers from Dupont Circle to Georgetown (and onto Rosslyn). This affordable and efficient bus system has several other routes, including a Smithsonian – National Gallery of Art loop that circles the National Mall.

There are some 120 museums in D.C. alone, a number of which are free. Visit one, or several, of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums to get your art, history or space fix. Walk around the National Mall or head out to Glenstone, just outside D.C., to visit a museum that combines art, architecture and landscape. You can even get a behind the scenes look at how world-renown institutions preserve works of art or drop by the White House Visitor Center.

Visit for tips on how to make the most of your museum visits and to plan your trip to D.C.

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Can’t Wait to Join Us at CI 2021?

Register now and reserve your workshops before they fill up.

Please note workshop seating is limited.