The main idea of the project Museum Lab is to create a laboratory, a working space, in which Polish heritage professionals and invited experts can exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas, contemplate ideas 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 heritage institutions face, is the answer to the question of how to build effective and sustainable relationships with their audiences, how to democratize the museum practice and be more inclusive and self-reflective.
Although there is widespread awareness of the changes that have occurred in museum theory and practice during the second half of the twentieth century, heritage professionals in Poland often lack access to the wide body of knowledge created abroad. Thus the aim of the Museum Lab is to bring critical museology to Poland and invide Polish heritage professionals to collectively reflect on ways it translates to local context.