Debate in The Netherlands about the new museum definition

During the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto the decision on the new museum definition was postponed until June 2020. One of the main reasons was to allow every committee time to discuss the museum definition within its own ranks

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

Read more about the definitions and background information in this factsheet.

Scheduled so far:

  • 29 January 2020, Erfgoedarena Reinwardt Academy: the Reinwardt Academy at 20:00
  • 6 February 2020, Work session and networking gathering for ICOM Netherlands members in Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht
  • 23 March 2020, Museumkennisdag (Museum Knowledge Day) in collaboration with the Dutch Museum Association: place:follows
  • May 2020, Invitation to members to give voting advice (e.g. via online tool) prior to the General Assembly 2020 of ICOM Netherlands
  • 25 May 2020, General Assembly of ICOM Netherlands in the morning in Stedelijk Museum Breda


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


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