Conference Livestream: The role of museums as places of social inclusion

The 12th Hands On! Conference, is taking place between 22-26 October 2019 at Europe’s oldest operating children’s museum, Young Museum Frankfurt. The 5-day conference focuses on the theme, ‘All inclusive! Museums as places for ALL children’, and brings together professionals from 30 nations. The conference focuses on 3 main themes:

  1. Diverse audiences & social inclusion
  2. Collection based cultural education
  3. New formats of cultural education : digital learning & beyond

The museum is a place of social inclusion:

Today’s museum audiences are highly diverse: intergenerational, transcultural, from a variety of social backgrounds, with (or without) various forms of handicaps. As keepers of cultural heritage, museums are responsible for providing cultural education for everybody! Yet diverse types of audiences require educational programs designed to fit their specific needs: grandchildren and grandparents or families and younger children require different educational formats than teenagers or young adults. Handicaps and special needs should be respected and met as well as transcultural experiences or biographies. The pressing question that remains is: how can we develop exhibitions and programs for everyone? How can we design accessible exhibitions and museums? How can we be “all-inclusive”?

Interested, but cannot attend in person? Attend a Live-Stream of the conference! Here’s an overview of the sessions:

Diversity is a fact, inclusion a choice.


Speakers representing 7 children’s museums world-wide will share their extraordinary approaches to being all inclusive. Learn how inclusion is attempted at : The Graz Children’s Museum (Austria), Jewish Cultural Quarter (Amsterdam), Association of Children’s Museums (USA), ImagiNation (Africa), Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (USA), Museo de los Ninos (El Salvador)

Approaching special needs audiences


In this dynamic session, speakers will share their best practice examples on how to overcome disabling settings in order to offer barrier-free programmes and exhibitions. Learn how Centraal Museum (Netherlands), Den Gamle (Denmark), The Dutch Open Air Museum (Netherlands), Museum of Recent History (Slovenia), Deutsches Technikmuseum (Germany), National Gallery of Ireland (Ireland), SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst (Denmark) aim to meet the (special) needs of their visitors.

Inclusion through design & participation

How can cultural institutions make sure their inclusion strategy is actually inclusive? Including visitors in the developing phase of a project offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and new perspectives. 


Learn how co-creation and community-engaging programs have influenced the projects of Toboggan Design Inc (Canada), Canada Science and Technology Museum, Maritime Museum Rotterdam (Netherland), National Gallery of Ireland, Canadian Museum of History, Tekniikan museo (Finland)

Digital Learning & beyond

How can digital learning be used as a tool to design exhibitions and educational programs for children? How can well-known educational concepts be modified and adapted to fit new needs?


Check out innovative ideas and trends in this two-part best practice session dedicated to showcase new, avant-garde formats and methods of cultural education: Museum of Modern Art (Vienna),  ZOOM Children’s Museum (Vienna), Peabody Essex Museum (USA), DFF – Deutsches Film Institute & Film Museum (Germany), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Netherlands), Explora – the Children’s Museum of Rome (Italy), Budapest Museum of Applied Arts (Hungary), Science Museum Group (Great Britain), Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (USA), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Royal Łazienki Museum (Poland), Teseum city of tongeren (Belgium).

Understanding Art


If we want children to value art, we must give them access to it early on in life. This session focuses on various innovative approaches to introduce young visitors to art. In the presented projects from  National Gallery Singapore, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), & Royal Łazienki Museum (Poland), children get to experience art from multiple perspectives, taking on the roles of artists, art historians, art reviewers and restorers.

Children’s Museums in the 21st century


How can children’s museum hold up against the rising competition of children’s programs in traditional museums? What are the strengths and the weaknesses of children’s museums compared to traditional museums? Speakers will present their unique approaches on creating children’s museums for the 21st century : Junges Museum (Frankfurt), Dharohar (India), UUUL (Czech Republic)

Conference & Live Stream Schedule

Please bear in mind, that this would be Europe Time Zone:

Tue, 22 October2pm-7pm
Wed, 23 October9am-5pm
Thu, 24 October1:30pm-4:30pm
Fri, 25 October9:30am-12:00 &5:30pm-7:45pm

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