Twin Museum Events

The New Media Consortium and Learning Revolution held twin events about the future of museums on July 23rd & 24th, 2014. Both events were focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition:

  • Bring Your Own Device
  • Location-Based Services
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Makerspaces

July 23rd - The NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums was an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, participants engaged with panels on these topics and helped to shape the conversation around the future of museums.

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July 24th - The Learning Revolution hosted the free, online Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event was held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time, and featured keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees learned best practices to implement in their museums, and heard real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators were encouraged to present.

See the call for proposals and the recordings to learn more. 

Museums Are The Future of Education

Museums and the Future of Education Report

This paper, co-authored by CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Scott Kratz, vice president for education at the National Building Museum, provides an overview of educational innovation in a broad cross section of U.S. museums, citing selected examples.



The Future of Museums Conference was held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time on July 24th, 2014, and featured keynote speakers and crowd-sourced presentations by your peers.

The conference was a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. A welcome letter with the conference strands is here.

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