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The Playful Museum

MuseumNext is a global conference series on the future of museums, taking place in the world’s cultural capitals since 2009. It is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites.

In April 2019 the conference will return to Australia with a two-day event at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. The conference is expected to attract museum professionals from around the world.

Every MuseumNext conference has a theme around which the community comes together. This year that is The Playful Museum (register your interest here to be the first to know when early bird tickets go on sale).

Our conference shares best practice, innovations and ideas from our diverse community in the form of 20 minute presentations, we are interested in opinions, case studies and discussions around museums engaging their audiences in playful new ways.

This might include:
– How are museums creating playful visitor experiences?
– How can our collections be used in playful new ways?
– How can we use play as a tool for engagement?
– How can we use play in our exhibition development processes?
– How can we encourage adults to visit using playful experiences?
– How do we measure the success of play in museums?
– How do we offer playful experiences for children?
– How can computer games, apps and digital play enhance museums?

We are also very open to your own interpretation of the theme.

Proposals should be submitted through the Google Form linked below by September 1st 2018.

Proposals should contain a title, names of presenters, a summary of the themes to be addressed, relevant links as well as a description of the expected learning outcomes.

Past experience and direction from our peer panel tell us that proposals from commercial companies working with the sector will be looked upon more favourably if presented with a museum.

Conference speakers will receive free tickets for the event, but we unfortunately can’t cover travel or hotel expenses.

Submit Your Proposal