We Are Museums’ social innovation approach is to empower and enable leadership capacity for museums and their local communities via network and peer to peer learning and futures visioning:

We cultivate ideas.

We nurture relationships.

We nourish the sector.

We elevate culture.

since 2013

We Are Museums campaigns for a new understanding of culture as society’s mentor.

The 18th Enlightenment century advocated reason as a source of knowledge with a call for personal freedom, separating out church and state. Leaping forward to the age of the Anthropecene, we are again looking for new sources of knowledge, inspiration and leadership.

We Are Museums is a framework that supports new ideas through resources, original research and collaborative networks.

We aspire to shape the future by empowering a global museum community of changemakers to spearhead innovation and develop social purpose projects. We believe in museums as trusted institutions with a clearly-defined purpose, that are also transformative tools and significant civic resources. We share a responsibility for the future of the communities we work in, as well as for the planet.

We Are Museums is a calendar of experiences and events with the power to set ideas in motion and influence change.

We curate international events at the thresholds of museums, innovation and social purpose projects, gathering both inspiring and very hands-on examples.

We Are Museums is a shared energy that sparks global conversations, strengthens friendships and inspires cultural courage.

At the core of our culture, we work on a collaborative and benevolent basis, having a no-show off policy and encouraging togetherness, openness and uprightness, towards a sustainable and workable future.

We Are We?

The community

A community of +2000 like-minded museum experts and lovers wanted to change the future of museums

We Are Museums gathers each year more than 300 participants coming from 28 countries (Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, Africa) but as well around local meetups, trainings and online activities.

We are 70% culture professionals, 10% cultural entrepreneurs and startups, 10% artists, 10% students and researchers.

Our community is composed of key museum change makers, leaders and practionners including museum directors, head of communication or marketing, head of digital, head of audience development, head of strategy, curator, etc.

Our founder

Diane Drubay accelerates the transformation of museums internationally since 2007 with her vision of a future respectful of people and the planet empowered by museums.

She founded Buzzeum in 2007, a new media and digital strategy agency which specialised in museums and cultural institutions, and the homonymous blog which gave her international fame by reviewing innovative museum news. Before that, she worked at the Ministry of Culture and Communication as a digital project manager, and at the Henner Museum in Paris as the online communication manager and event curator.

She also co-founded Museomix, a hackathon for museums in 2011, and founded the Museum Think Tank Berlin in 2014 – both groups are now fully sustained by the community. Since 2014 she has curated the programmation of Museum Connections, the international trade show and conference for museum businesses set in Paris every January.  For the last few years she has taught digital strategy and project management at Sciences Po Paris and EAC Paris, and regularly speaks at international conferences to share her vision of the future of museums.

Diane Drubay is also a video artist and photographer, investigating psychoactive and transcendental experiences through images of nature to expand the idea of the sublime.

Our Advisory Board

Meet the museums professionals, innovators, thinkers and entrepreneurs who help us as we connect the dots in our ecosystem and imagine the future. Together, we evolve and build We Are Museums.

Our “flying” team

Getting constantly inspired by its community and creatives, We Are Museums finds new ways of working highlighting the agility of the structure and its remote and international form.

We Are Museums’ “flying” team is engaged on specific projects depending on the topics and the formats.

The team is composed of a graphic designer, a webmaster, a community manager, a content producer, a copywriter, an event producer, a workshop facilitator, etc.