Debate in The Netherlands about the new museum definition

During the ICOM General Assembly in Kyoto, the decision on the new museum definition was postponed. One of the main reasons was to allow every committee time to discuss the museum definition within its own ranks. Internationally, the process towards a new museum definition is led by the MDPP2, (Standing Committee on Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials).

ICOM Netherlands intends to use this opportunity to initiate debate among Dutch colleagues to explore what a museum is or should/could be. And in so doing, we prefer to cooperate with other players in the Dutch museum landscape.

Read more about the definitions and background information in this factsheet

Analysis of input from ICOM NL members regarding the new museum definition, collected at members’ meeting on 6 February 2020

Scheduled so far:

  • 29 January 2020, Erfgoedarena Reinwardt Academy: the Reinwardt Academy at 20:00 hrs
  • 6 February 2020, Work session and networking gathering for ICOM Netherlands members at Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht
  • 28 September 2020, Museumkennisdag (Museum Knowledge Day) Dutch Museum Association: Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen- cancelled
  • 26 October 2020, General Assembly of ICOM Netherlands
  • Member consultation (digital) before ICOM Netherlands sends its opinion to the MDPP2 (timeline has changed, more information will follow).


ICOM NL Museum Definition Working Group:
Frederique van Steekelenburg, Herman Tibosch en Arja van Veldhuizen


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