Thanks to the support of +200 local partners and the various events organised, We Are Museums has grown since 2013 into an active network composed of over 2000 museum practitioners, museum policymakers, startups and companies, artists and designers, researchers and students. 

As a result of a long journey of physical events, We Are Museums opens its online platform since March 2020. It is gathering a strong community of international museum change-makers working towards a future good for people and the planet fueled by social and technological innovations. 

We Are Museums offers its online community as a free-service for museum professionals to get inspired on a daily basis, share with international museum colleagues and join forces work towards solving key challenges of our sector today. 

On the online community of We Are Museums, you will find more than 800 museum changemakers coming from more than 40 countries, an active community sharing resources, discussing key topics and news of the museum sector and meeting online twice a month. 

But more than this, you will feel this strong sense of togetherness and belonging, just like if we were all neighbours and could easily go and share a coffee 🙂

A bit of story: It all started 2 weeks after the European lock-down started while museum professionals were looking for a way to connect, support each other and make sense of the growing mess around. We started to gather online and share our experience – intense and powerful moments have been shared there. Then, we started to understand the situation better and saw the potential of this community to join forces to reflect on the current situation and start solving challenges together. Today, it became a crossroad for different projects and networks. Together, we are shaping every day what is this place – but what we know, is that it is ours.

Our programmes

Inspired by the ongoing research programmes developed through the years via our physical events, the online community of We Are Museums is currently revolving around these topics:

  1. Museums Facing Extinction – Create an environment-resilient society focusing on individual and community-based actions. 

  2. Reframe Collecting – Encourage cultural knowledge and cultural diversity by strengthening social cohesion through space and time. 

  3. Open Museums – Locate heterogeneous culture at the centre of everyday life to serve as a pivot of values guiding humanity. 

  4. Museums Facing Crisis – Regeneration as a model of a system. 

  5. Museumhood – Value and promote museums as local public places and incubators to develop local multicultural social bonds.

  6. Future Realities – Building up an impact-driven environment to develop projects with emerging new technologies. 

  7. Futures Literacy – Foster future, creative thinking and innovation in every aspect of life. (soon to be opened)

Focus on “Dialogues on Museum Resilience”

In collaboration with the Museum for the United Nations-UN Live, We Are Museums has started in May 2019 a new series of community meetups to share lived knowledge and learned experiences of resilience from museum professionals who have already learned how to recover.

May 27, 2020 – ‘Build Collective Cultural Resilience Through Creative Collecting’ with Annesofie Norn, Curator, UN Live Museum (Denmark) and Milena Jokanovic, research-associate at the University of Belgrade and associate of the Museum of Yugoslavia (Serbia) – read the summary and watch the recording here.

July 9, 2020 – ‘Creativity Beyond Crisis’ with Milena Jokanovic, research-associate at the University of Belgrade and associate of the Museum of Yugoslavia (Serbia) and Julie Decker, Director, Anchorage Museum (Alaska, United States) – read the summary and watch the recording here

August 11, 2020 – ‘Shifted Narratives’ with Julie Decker, Director, Anchorage Museum (Alaska, United States) and Cristina Lleras Figueroa, curator at the Museum of Bogotá (Colombia) – read the summary and watch the recording here

September 22, 2020 – ‘Taking a stand – Politics, Resilience and Social Change’ with Julie Rokkjær Birchis the Director of the Woman’s Museum (Denmark) and Cristina Lleras Figueroa, Curator at the Museum of Bogotá (Colombia) – read the summary and watch the recording here

Join us

The access to this community is free if you already attended one We Are Museums event, if you are one of our partners or if you have a friend already onboard.