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Museum Laboratory


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.

Sharing Knowledge

Museum Laboratory is a series of five lecture-workshop meetings devoted to individual, innovative educational-animation strategies in contemporary museology. The project will commence in June with an introductory workshop meeting as well as with a lecture and workshop by Nina Simon. Participants will be invited to three consecutive meetings by November, which will include Paula dos Santos, Jette Sandahl, and Leontine Meijer van Mensch. In December, reflections of the past six-months will be summarized in a premiere publication.

The effects of subsequent meetings will be posted on an ongoing basis on www.laboratoriummuzeum.pl, which will act as a forum for the participants as well as a live source of knowledge for those who do not directly participate in the lectures and workshops. The materials and resources regarding the project on the website will enable employees of cultural institutions from different parts of Poland to utilize the knowledge and experiences of the guest speakers and the effects of the workshop groups during the project and after its completion.

Summaries, lecture and discussion transcripts, collected theoretical material, and the documentation of the project will also constitute the basis for a publication that will be issued at the end of the project. The publication will be a compendium of knowledge on innovative solutions in contemporary museology in the context of actions involving the public.

Museum Laboratory

  • is a project directed towards employees of museums and the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), whose goal is to raise the competence of culture personnel in the scope of innovative methods and educational-animation strategies, involving the public in the functioning of institutions,
  • is a series of lectures and workshops, presenting the most important trends and concepts in the field of museology and heritage studies, presented personally by their authors;
  • is an opportunity to meet with experts from various parts of the world;
  • is a chance to develop, together with experts and in the workshop group, specific tools, programs and projects, ready to be used and implemented in one’s own work and institution;
  • is the first step to establishing a new relationship with recipients.

We warmly invite those working in museums, as well as galleries, libraries, archives, and cultural centers from across Poland, who are implementing exhibitions and various animation education initiatives based on heritage.

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Project Authors

Hanna Nowak-Radziejowska

Aleksandra Janus

Anna Banaś

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