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Can digital technology help us to learn to look slowly?

Slow Art Day has now been running for more than a decade. This international event encourages museum visitors to try slow looking – spending 10...

What is Telegram and how can museums benefit from its reach?

In August this year the messaging app Telegram reached one billion downloads making it the it the 15th app in the world to have hit...

QR codes are experiencing a resurgence but how can they benefit museums?

QR codes, or quick response codes, are now seeing a massive surge in their use, partly as a result of the pandemic. Used as a...

Health & Wellbeing

What social prescribing can do for museums

With COVID-19 turning society on its head for the past two years, we’re all more familiar with the concept and consequences of social isolation. We...

Combatting burnout in the museum sector

The term “burnout” isn’t a new one but it certainly feels like it’s a word that’s been on everyone’s lips for the last 12 months....

How museums can help to develop self-confidence

How are cultural institutions able to make visitors feel better about themselves? The benefits of visiting a museum or gallery, be it in person or...

In conversation with: Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

“I’m a bit of a health and wellbeing nerd and I’m in my dream job, so I just love exploring how we can make museums...

How museums have taken advantage of the boom in online tutorials

If you have ever painted a happy little tree (or two, as everyone needs a friend) along with Bob Ross, then online tutorials may have...

In conversation with: Nicola Mah, International & Museums Relations Manager, National Heritage Board Singapore

As the project lead on Children’s Season for the Museum Roundtable, Nicola Mah’s role involves looking for new ways to feature the diversity of Singapore...

Children takeover UK museums and reach 2m+ on social media

Last week 70 museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites across the UK were taken over by children and young people for the annual Kids in...

Inspiring confidence and championing design and creativity in the V&A’s youngsters: A Q&A with Dr Helen Charman

With an impressive background in museums and education, Dr Helen Charman, Director of Learning and National Programmes at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in...

Rijksmuseum uncovers hidden sketch during examinations of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch

Operation Night Watch has seen a team of researchers working at the Rijksmuseum for the past two-and-a-half years, meticulously mapping Rembrandt’s The Night Watch using the most...

Reimagining Collections: Building digital ecosystems for the modern museum

What does the future of digital collections look like? Terentia recently hosted a panel discussion as part of the MuseumNext Digital Collections Summit to discover...

World’s first publicly accessible art museum storage facility opens to public

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will open its doors to the public this weekend allowing visitors to explore the museum collection of 151,000 objects and see...

Opening of collections at Humboldt Forum heralds new era for museum provenance

When visitors enter Berlin’s Humboldt Forum today they will be confronted by a new way of interpreting the institution’s large collection of colonial-era art as...

6 of the weirdest (and most wonderful) museum marketing campaigns you’ll ever see

Art is known for pushing the boundaries in a number of different ways. But what happens when museums carry this mindset over into their marketing...

How Arts Organisations Are Leveraging TikTok

Many of the world’s big cultural institutions and arts groups have had to learn how to adapt to the much-altered world since the global health...

How Museums Can Work With Social Media Influencers

You may associate social media influencers with bikini-clad Instagram models posing with detox tea and encouraging you to use their promo code. How on earth...

The Lampedusa Cross, currently touring English museums, is a symbol of refugees’ plight

It is a simple construction, made from the remnants of a boat carrying refugees wrecked near the Italian island of Lampedusa, close to the coast...

New museum opened along Korean Demilitarised Zone is a beacon for peace and unification

The odds of peaceful dialogue between North and South Korea were seemingly shattered last year when Pyongyang blew up a joint liaison office in its...

Multaka-Oxford refugee project at Oxford University Museums gets five-year extension

A £1m donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies will allow the innovative Multaka-Oxford project at Oxford University’s History of Science Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum to run...

Secret Museum to tell ‘true’ impact on homelessness during pandemic

Homelessness in the UK is on the rise year-on-year but in March 2020 as the World Health Organisation announced COVID-19 as a pandemic it seemed...

How to Make a Museum out of Your Own Life  by Rachel Morris

One day a couple of years ago I was asked by my publishers to write a book about the history of museums.  It’s a huge,...

A Life Lesson for Art Museums

There’s an old adage that everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten. One thing we were taught was to share. But how well...

The future of working together: purposefully deconstructing why we gather

Context The phrase ‘going to work’ is so ingrained in me that I had never really stopped to think about it. I got my first...

Crowdsourcing Collective Memory

Let’s return our collective memories to November 2019 when the first known case of Covid-19 was traced in China. This was the recorded beginning of...

Digital Fundraising

How can museums harness the power of Patreon?

In the past eight years the Patreon platform has racked up more than 200,000 creators supported by more than six million patrons with creators earning more than $2billion....

Small Museums Guide to Successful Fundraising Campaigns

Ah, fundraising. For small museums, it can be one of the most vexing issues. This is usually because simply keeping the museum afloat on a...

The Story Behind the People’s History Museum Crowdfunder

Ahead of her talk at the MuseumNext Digital Income Summit, Sarah Miguel gives a glimpse into how she and her team took action when the...

Fundraising with Membership Schemes

Membership schemes are a great way to get audiences invested in your museum’s mission and vision by offering them behind the scenes access and content...

Virtual Reality is a big trend in museums, but what are the best examples of museums using VR?

Could 2021 be the year that Virtual Reality goes mainstream? That’s what many people are predicting following the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 VR...

How Museums are using Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is the process of using technology to superimpose images, text or sounds on top of what a person can already see. It uses...

Anything you can do in a museum, VR can do better . . . discuss

Is Virtual Reality making the physical museum space obsolete? In an article from 2016, CEO of Six to Start, Adrian Hon, penned an article for...

Is VR-on-demand a viable option for museums diving into the paid content space?

Subscription services are hardly a new idea, nor are they entirely new to the museum sector. But in a post-Covid climate, a growing number of...

2022 in new museum openings, re-openings and partial re-openings

It’s always good to have something to look forward to at the beginning of a new year and in 2022 there are plenty of museum...

MuseumNext’s 2021: a look back at some of this year’s most popular stories

It’s been another turbulent, discombobulating year with the covid pandemic affecting more or less everything we do. However, despite this, museums have continued to tackle...

What we learnt from art fairs in 2020 to help plan for the future

During 2020 the future looked bleak for art fairs. As we experienced across the cultural sector, mass cancellations, reduced visitor numbers, and ongoing economic uncertainty...

What’s next for Museum Audio Guides – Survey Results

This summer we partnered with multimedia guide company MuseumMate to ask what’s next for Museum Audio Guides with a survey of our community. This essential...

Ensuring Black Museums Matter

Jim Richardson: Welcome back to MuseumNext Disrupt. Today, we’ve got a fantastic presentation for you from De Nichols. She’s going to be talking about the...

Rapid Prototyping for Museums

Jérémie McGowan: Hello everyone, and welcome to this session of MuseumNext Disrupt, on rapid prototyping for museums. My name is Jérémie McGowan, and I’m a...

In Conversation with Nick Merriman

Jim Richardson: So welcome back to MuseumNext Disrupt. Today, I’m at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, and I’m here with the Executive Director,...