Communicating the Museum 17 – Paris

The Power of Education

Museums have changed. No longer is it enough to exist as a temple to past knowledge, now each museum must serve the public with a dynamic forum for new ideas.

Museums do not hold a monopoly on truth; now they are places – both physical and virtual – where people can come together to learn, debate, and discover creativity. At the same time, expectations have changed too: people don’ t just want facts; they want a social, active, and entertaining experience. As the public mission of our institutions becomes more important than ever, could it be that education is where the true power of the museum now lies?

That is why the theme for the 2017 Communicating the Museum conference is The Power of Education. Over four days, from 19 – 22 June 2017, 300 museum professionals will debate the changing role of education today, discussing new ideas and forging lasting partnerships.

The conference will help you to navigate the changing powers of education: as part of your communications strategy, as a catalyst for fundraising, or as a fundamental part of your museum’s social mission. Experts from across the museum sector and the worlds of science, academia and business will gather to share their knowledge and experience. Together, we will discuss the many forms that education now takes: from audio guides to community outreach, digital debates or special exhibitions.