Meetings of Artefacts have been held annually, usually in the fall, with the first one in 1996. As of this writing, the host institution has always been a museum that specializes in the history of science and technology. The afternoon of the first day is typically devoted to a tour of an exhibit or other special event followed by a reception. During the second day there are presentations focusing on the use of objects in historical research. There may also be a session in which attendees comment on recent developments in the museum world (if not, this is done the following day). The next morning is devoted to more research papers, with a concluding wrap-up session by mid-day. Occasionally there are optional tours or other activities in the afternoon. Emphasis throughout is on informal discussion.

The 2018 meeting will be held in Chicago at the Adler Planetarium. See Current Meeting.