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The most forward looking museum conference in Europe, if not the world.

Gail Dexter Lord, Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources

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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.

The conference, conceived at the start of the digital revolution has grown to include future thinking on leadership, audiences, collections, transformation, knowledge, participation, and more.

As one of the world’s leading museum conferences, MuseumNext is a hub for knowledge sharing and provides delegates the opportunity to network with international peers.

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Tony Butler - Derby Museums

In Conversation with Tony Butler

Tony Butler will be delivering the closing keynote at MuseumNext New York in November. He is the Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust and the founder of the Happy Museum Project. MuseumNext’s Jim Richardson caught up with him. Jim Richardson: Tell us about Derby, the city where your museums are situated. Tony Butler: Derby is …

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

A People’s Journey, My Personal Reflection

by Aleia Brown On September 14th I previewed the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of the museum’s identified Social Influencer group. My preview reflects what I saw while I was there. Please keep in mind that staff was still working to complete and refine elements before opening day on Saturday, …

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Virtual Reality Meets Pop Superstardom

By Jim Richardson In the depths of London’s Somerset House two trends, one from museums and one from technology have collided with interesting results. Björk is the latest musical superstar to have a museum show dedicated to her in the capital, something which seems to be becoming an increasingly popular way for cultural institutions to …

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Gamechanging keynote for European Conference

We are pleased to announce Dr Maria Balshaw as our first keynote for MuseumNext’s European Museum Conference which will take place in Rotterdam in June 2017. The theme for MuseumNext Europe is Gamechangers and Balshaw has certainly overseen a period of immense change during her decade as Director of the Whitworth in Manchester, England. The museum is located on …

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Elaine Heumann Gurian to give opening keynote

We are excited to announce that international museum consultant and advisor, Elaine Heumann Gurian, will be the opening keynote at our inaugural Australian Museum Conference in February 2017. Elaine is a consultant/advisor to museums, writer, and lecturer to many museum studies programs worldwide. She is one of 100 Centennial Honor Roll members of the American Association of Museums, …

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Museum Conference New York City

An Instagram Guide to New York City

With the North American edition of MuseumNext taking place in New York City in November 2016, we asked JiaJia Fei to give us a local’s guide to the city. — They say you are a real New Yorker once you’ve lived in this city for at least 10 years. At 8 years and counting, I can …

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