Symposium Museum Guides Now!

06 - 07 november 2017
Stedelijk Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Early Bird: €125
Standard: €150
Student: €100
University of Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; Van Gogh Museum; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; LKCA; Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Reinwardt Academy

Two-day symposium Museum Guides Now! on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums.

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What qualities does a great museum guide possess? And what makes a museum tour mind blowing or eye-opening?

Guided tours have been around for as long as museums themselves and even at a time where technological innovations are making museums more accessible than ever, nothing can measure up to a museum guide when it comes to interactivity and flexibility. 

During this two day symposium for museum tour guides and educators a wide variety of international speakers will inspire both museum tour guides as museum educators with the latest insights and best practices. All sessions will be in English. 
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This two-day symposium will centre on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums. It marks the completion of the four-year research project ‘Rondleiden is een vak’ (Museum guide: a profession in its own right), a joint initiative by the University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum. The research is conducted by Mark Schep, Carla van Boxtel and Julia Noordegraaf. The project has defined a number of key competencies and developed working methods which will greatly benefit the evaluation and professionalization of museum guides. 
Museum experts and scholars will present and discuss a number of innovative professional approaches, as well as methods to further the professionalization of museum guides. Mark Schep will present the results of the research project. The programme will include keynote addresses by Viv Golding (lecturer at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester) and Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), workshops, short presentations and – of course – tours of the three museums co-hosting the symposium. There will be plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas on urgent themes such as peer evaluations, accessibility, the role of volunteers and the part played by new media.


Early Bird: €125 (register before 1 August 2017); Standard: €150 (register after 1 August 2017); Student: €100 - Included in your registration fee are the publication on museum guiding, two lunches, two receptions, coffee/tea breaks and access to all three museums on both days.


If you cancel before 1 October and you have not yet paid, we will offer a full refund.
Should you cancel before 15 October and the invoice has been paid, we will credit you half the amount.
Cancellation between 15 October and 6/7 November means that we will not be able to offer a refund.


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