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Museum Laboratory


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.

Sharing Knowledge

Museum Laboratory is an educational programme in critical museology. The project started in 2014 with an lecture and workshop by Nina Simon.

The effects of subsequent meetings are posted on an ongoing basis on this website, which acts 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.

Summaries, lecture and discussion transcripts, collected theoretical material, and the documentation of the project also constitutes the basis for publications issued at the end of each educational cycle.

Museum Laboratory

  • is a project addressed to heritage professionals interested in innovative methods and strategies aimed at democratizing museum practice,
  • 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.

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Project Authors

Hanna Nowak-Radziejowska

Aleksandra Janus

Anna Banaś

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