14 – 15 November 2016

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MuseumNext is a global conference on the future of museums.  Since 2009 it has acted as a platform for showcasing best practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow.

MuseumNext NYC will take place in November 2016 with two days of curated presentations on the theme of Transformation. The full program is now available.

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Open Call for Open Stage

MuseumNext is looking for 5-minute lightening presentations finishing the sentence ‘The Future of Museums is…’ for the afternoon Open Stage session on November 15 at the New York City conference. Your presentation can cover anything that you feel is the next big thing and will develop and guide the sector in the future.  It could involve data, technological developments, ethics, diversity, new initiatives, how to engage new audiences, partnerships, operations practice, anything at all, in a quick, concise presentation. All we need from you is a brief description and your title. The deadline for submissions in Friday 2 September 9am (EDT).  More info here.

NYC conference speakers announced!

The full program for the New York City edition of the MuseumNext conference is now live and we are pleased to announce our 2016 speaker line up. A keynote from Melissa Chiu, Director of Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will open the the conference, with other presentations from Neil Harbisson, contemporary artist and cyborg activist; Mike Murawski, Director of Education and Public Programs for the Portland Art Museum, and Founding Editor of Tony Butler, Executive Director, of the UK’s Derby Museums Trust and founder of The Happy Museum Project, will deliver the closing thoughts at the event. Back in May we launched an open call for papers on the theme of Transformation and received over...
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The Lost Palace immersive heritage experience

The Lost Palace is a new immersive heritage experience from Historic Royal Palaces. MuseumNext Founder Jim Richardson took the tour.  It’s dusk in central London, and I find myself on Whitehall, the street that connects Trafalgar Square with Parliament. Even at 8pm, it’s still busy with tourists, mixing with office workers on their way home from work. I am in a group of thirteen people, all grasping wedges of wood with headphones plugged into them. Over the next 80 minutes, these will become oars, swords, cockerels and a beating heart (much to the amusement of passers-by) as we travel into the past with an interactive storytelling experience from Historic Royal...
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Our Museum conferences have acted as a catalyst for change within the museum sector, covering a broad range of subjects including, audiences, design, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership. Showcasing the best in museum practice today to shine a light on the museum of tomorrow.

Global Museum Conferences
What makes MuseumNext truly special is our international community, which regularly sees us hosting delegates from more than 40 countries.

This gives our museum conferences a unique international perspective on best practice, leading to collaborations and partnerships which span the globe.

Our diverse community come from organisations ranging from the world’s biggest museums to small galleries or heritage sites. What all our conference delegates have in common is a desire to shape the future of museums.

Our 2016 Museum Conference in North America will take place in New York City.