Museum Ideas 2016 International Conference, Science Museum, London, 6 October

The Future of Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture
Science Museum IMAX Theatre, London - Thursday 6 October 

Standard booking is now closed and the conference is sold out. There are some free tickets still available to give away to students and emerging professionals. Terms and conditions apply. For further details please email 

Independently minded, experimental and diverse, Museum Ideas brings together a creative and eclectic group of speakers and challenges them to share transformative ideas in concise, powerful talks.

Join us for DrinksThing on 5 October for pre-conference drinks - even if you’re not attending the conference! We will be in the Hitchcock room at The Hereford Arms in South Kensington from 6.30pm onwards. Details here:

“Museum Ideas is the place to be inspired, renewed and enthused by great ideas!” - Theresa Nicolson, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Museum-iD magazine holds its fifth annual Museum Ideas conference at the IMAX Theatre in the Science Museum, London, on 6 October 2016. Welcoming 400 delegates from around the world, the conference will explore innovative digital initiatives, progressive public engagement, participatory practice, and pioneering ideas about collections, social impact and the future of museums.


© Science Museum Information Age, photo by Andrew Meredith for Universal Design Studio

Each year Museum-iD magazine challenges a creative group of speakers to share transformative ideas in concise, powerful talks. The aim is for delegates to be inspired by perspectives outside their own specialism and locality. What unites the conference is the quality and enthusiasm of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.


Speakers this year include Ken Arnold, Creative Director, Medical Museion, Copenhagen; JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, Jewish Museum, NYC; Jennifer Scott, Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago; Gravity Goldberg, Associate Director of Public Programs, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, Manchester Museum; Dan Hicks, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Oxford; Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton; Christian Rasmussen, Project Assistant, Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum, Aarhus; Tobias Lumb, Head of Public Programmes, National Railway Museum, York; Barbara Wolf, Director of Communications, Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin; and Don Undeen, Cultural Innovation Consultant and Former Founding Manager of MediaLab, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The conference will be chaired by Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums Trust.

Join hundreds of museum colleagues from all over the world to share the latest ideas and insights globally. Museum Ideas welcomes a truly international crowd - last year delegates from 24 countries took part. 100% of delegates rated the conference good to excellent, with over 90% saying excellent. 

“Clever, delightful and thought provoking. Great collection of people thinking innovatively and with passion” - Helen Divjak, London Transport Museum

The flagship conference will take place on Thursday 6 October in the 400+ seat IMAX Theatre at the Science Museum in London. In addition to the main conference on Thursday, there will also be a series of additional workshops on Tuesday 4 October. Workshops are free to attend for conference delegates but space is limited.

Register for Museum Ideas 2016 for a packed schedule of progressive sessions and the opportunity to make exciting new connections. With fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the conference will add tremendous value to your current work and is an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next.


• International speaker line-up and delegate mix
• Packed schedule with powerful and progressive sessions
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections
• Innovative and informal approach to professional inquiry
• First-rate conference facilities at the Science Museum, London
• Low delegate rate (includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and wifi)
• FREE access to additional study events and workshops


Museum Ideas 2016 maxes out at 400 delegates. Tickets start at £97 

• Student / Emerging Professionals: FREE or £97 (check availability and terms)
• Delegates from smaller independent museums: £127
• Standard rate single ticket: £197
• 2 tickets: £177 each
• 3 tickets: £157 each
• 4 tickets: £137 each
• 4 tickets of more: £127 each (please email to book)

Book your ticket(s) securely and easily online via PayPal using the 'Buy Now' button at the top of this page. Alternately email to be invoiced. Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegate places may be transferred between colleagues at the same organisation. 

Students and emerging professionals: We try hard to make the conference as accessible and affordable as possible. With this in mind and to help support the future of museums, this year we have made the commitment to make a 100 tickets free to students and emerging professionals who are curently unemployed or volunteering. Terms and conditions apply. For further details please email 


Museum Ideas 2016 is sponsored by:




• Aardman Studio
• Absolute Museum & Gallery Products
• Acoustiguide 
• ARTEX Museum Services
• Bruynzeel Storage Systems
• Cogapp
• Gallery Systems
• Imagineear
• Lend Lease
• Meyvaert
• Tonwelt
• Vernon Systems  

Museum Ideas conference comments:

"Inspirational speakers, fantastic global networking"
"Really thought-provoking and interesting, lots of ideas to take back to share with my colleagues"
"Essential event to witness innovations in museums and meet forward thinking people from around the world"
"Intense, inspiring and thought-provoking day"
"Wonderful to learn about all the super ideas taking place in museums - a great forward looking conference"
"A very stimulating day with a brilliant range of speakers. Excellent!"
"If you have to go to just one conference about museums a year, choose this one!"

Check out all the tweets, images, videos, blogs and slides from the Museum Ideas conference here: