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 museum directors, head of communication or marketing, head of digital, head of audience development, head of strategy, curator, etc.

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. Her values inspired the creation of the movement We Are Museums.

Diane Drubay

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.

“We Are Museums is the most encouraging and innovative network of museum and museum-related professionals in Europe“

Dr. Mirjam Wenzel

Director of the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt (Germany)

Dr. Mirjam Wenzel is director of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt – a communal museum dedicated to 800 years of Jewish history and culture in the city of Frankfurt.  Being the first Jewish Museum that was established in the Federal Republic of Germany after the Holocaust, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt currently is undergoing a process of profound renewal. One of its two sites, Museum Judengasse re-opened in March 2016 with a new core exhibition whereas the other site is being renovated and extended by an additional building, at the moment. The new museum complex will open in 2019.

Mirjam Wenzel started leading the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt in January 2016. Beforehand she was Head of Digital and Publishing at the Jewish Museum Berlin and responsible for conveying German-Jewish history in print and online publications, digital media applications and installations.

Martijn Pronk

Head of Digital Communications at the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Housing the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, as well as hundreds of drawings and letters, the museum inspires and enriches people by making Vincent’s life and work and the art of his time accessible to everybody. The Digital Communications team is working on the museum’s website and digital products and services and is responsible for social media. Digital is crucial in the museum’s ambition to connect the world to Vincent, the most famous of all Dutch artists. To expand on its position among digital front-runners in cultural heritage, the Van Gogh Museum is currently developing a new digital strategy.

Before coming to the Van Gogh Museum, Martijn worked as Head of Digital and Publishing at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where he lead the development of the award-winning Rijksstudio concept.

Martijn is a member of the Europeana Foundation Governing Board and the jury of the Best Social Media Awards.

“The wonderful We Are Museums team succeeds in bringing together professionals from large and small museums in such a way that everyone’s inspired, refueled and committed to progress.“

“We Are Museums is the obvious choice for those of us in the museum world who embrace change, innovation and aspire to transform museums into the natural habitat for 21st-century societies. It is the place to be.”

Sandro Debono

Museum Thinker and Culture Strategist (University of Malta)

Sandro is the brains behind MUŻA, the new national community art museum in Malta and flagship project for Valletta 2018 Capital of Culture. For MUŻA Sandro developed a bespoke concept and vision, also spearheading a complete rethink of a traditional national museum of fine arts and rethinking a historic building into a contemporary cultural space.

Besides MUŻA he also jointly spearheaded Malta's return to the Venice Biennale in 2017, was part of the organizing committee for culture on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2017) and also curated major international exhibitions in Malta, Brussels and elsewhere.

He is very keen on new museum models for 21st-century societies which is a recurring topic of his research and projects. Sandro is actively involved in training a new generation of museum professionals at the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education (University of Malta) and has researched and published extensively about the topic. Sandro is the national representative at the European Museum Academy and personal advisor for culture to the Office of the President of the Republic of Malta.

Bernadine Bröcker

CEO of Vastari (United Kingdom)

The whole Vastari team believes in transparency within the museum world, to facilitate international collaborations, raise awareness and stimulate a new, sustainable way to attract audiences.

Winners of TheNextWomen’s Startup Pitch 2015, Bernadine Brocker founded Vastari 5 years ago, with the idea to connect collectors with museums for exhibition loans. This initial proposition has grown into something much, much bigger. Founded in London, the Vastari platforms have been developed to allow anonymous and secure communication between collaborating institutions worldwide, while also building links to private collectors and venues who are interested in museum exhibitions.

Bernadine is a member of the Professional Advisors of the International Art Market, Sandbox Network and the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars, and a mentor at the Founder Institute.

“We take part in the transformation of the museum and cultural sector, be it digital, organisational or philosophical“

“We Are Museums is this unique opportunity for all of us, whatever the size of our institutions, to actively take part in the redefinition of the role of museums in the society in the XXIst century. It is exciting, inspiring, and collective.”

Thibaut Thomas

Post-internet Communications Consultant (France) website

He has been advising for their communication strategy for 10 years cultural institutions such as la Gaîté Lyrique, le Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, D’Days festival of design, and corporate brands like Vinci, Veepee, media such as Netflix.
He has also served as the master of ceremony of We Are Museums, with special care in making the conference a special place for all museum professionals.
Thibaut Thomas teaches digital humanities at the Sorbonne graduate school of communications (CELSA Paris-Sorbonne), the ideology of Silicon Valley at Télécom Paris-Tech computer science school, as well as advertising and public relations at the American University of Paris.

Łukasz Adamski

Representative of the Director, Muzeum Slaskie (Poland)

Łukasz Adamski has been working with the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews for many years, serving as deputy project manager. He managed the core exhibition and closely cooperated with other departments in the Museum in the areas which are related to exhibitions and the museum’s audience. Also coordinated the producing of temporary exhibitions, educational projects and artistic performances. Also he coordinated the international project ‘The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project / Gwoździec Re!construction’, involving reconstructing the roof and decorative ceiling of a non-existent synagogue by using traditional techniques and material. The wooden vault is one of the major elements of the Core Exhibition in the Museum. The two years long project involved more than 300 international volunteers, historians, artists and architects. Currently he works as the Director’s Plenipotentiary for Projects at Muzeum Śląskie / Katowice where he is responsible for creating museum program, producing exhibition and coordinating national and international artistic projects.

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, etc.