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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 series 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

Outside – In

This presentation by Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust was filmed at MuseumNext New York in November 2016. He discusses why what happens ‘out there’ is as important to museums as what happens ‘in here’ . The presentation explores how museums address the long term global challenges such as climate change and inequality, when …

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The Future of Museums is Omnichannel Content

Open Stage at MuseumNext is a series of quick fire presentations on the Future of Museums. In this presentation filmed at MuseumNext New York in November 2016, Laura Fox from BCG shares her thoughts on why the future of museums is omnichannel content Laura Fox: My partner, Anthony, and I have worked for museums and …

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Take Down The Walls!

In 2014, two months into his new mandate, Alex Benay, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, was forced to close his anchor institution, the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) due to mold infestation. What has transpired for the past two years is a complete ‘reboot’ of not only a new museum …

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MuseumNext Melbourne Social Events

In February 2017, MuseumNext will hold a one-off event in Melbourne which brings together an unmissable program with speakers from 14 countries talking about taking risks across all elements of museum practice. MuseumNext is known not only for the strength of the presentations, but also for the quality of the networking. Conversations that have taken place …

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The Museum Social Action Project at MuseumNext New York

MuseumNext is very much a collaboration which brings together museum professionals to share what they feel is important and exciting, that is true of the presentations and workshops which our community propose through our call for papers and through the other activities which form our conference fringe. Since 2009, we’ve had everything from brainstorming wild …

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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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