The main idea of the project Museum Laboratory is to create a laboratory, a working space, in which employees of Polish cultural institutions and invited experts can exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas, contemplate solutions and concepts developed on the basis of the international museology theory for work in specific institutions, and finally, to search together for solutions to the problems they face in their daily work.
In the last decade, Polish museums experienced a period of rapid development. Many new museums arose, and many existing ones underwent restructuring and modernization. Thanks to financial support programs, many institutions had the opportunity to digitize a significant portion of their collections.
Currently, one of the most significant challenges, which employees of museums and other institutions of culture and heritage face, is the answer to the question of how to build effective and sustainable relationships with their recipients and how to involve them both in the physical space of the institution as well as beyond its walls, and also how to build and develop a community of recipients, which will grow along with the institution.
Although there is widespread awareness of the changes that have occurred in museum theory and practice during the second half of the twentieth century, the employees of institutions often lack practical solutions, with the help of which they could meet the demands of new realities and the changing expectations of recipients.