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March 11, 2024

NetworkTO MUSEUMS, CITIZENS! Exploring Museums and Citizenship at an International Conference

The international conference, “To Museums, Citizens! Museums and Citizenship: Experiences, Concepts, and Challenges,” organised by the Executive Board of ICOM in partnership with Museus e Monumentos de Portugal.EPE, delves into the crucial relationship between museums and citizenship. It is supported by ICOM Portugal, in the context of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of democracy in Portugal.

Rooted in the Faro Convention of 2005 on citizenship in cultural heritage defense and the recent redefinition of museums by ICOM, the event addresses the evolving role of museums in promoting civic engagement and universal values.In an era marked by challenges such as increasing barriers to free movement, climate change, and geopolitical tensions, museums are called to reflect on their role as civic promoters. The event serves as a platform to call for renewed community civic involvement.

Invited speakers from Executive Board of ICOM will contribute to a diverse and enriching discourse.

Keynote Speeches: Emma Nardi explores the Enlightenment, citizenship, and the origin of National Museums, while Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins discusses Cultural Heritage as the Common Good of Humanity.

Session Highlights:

  • Museums and citizenship in times of incertitude:Debates led by global experts on the challenges and transformative potential of museums in uncertain times.
  • Museums as engines of education for democracy:Exploration of the role of museums in shaping democratic narratives and fostering active citizenship.
  • Museums and citizen empowering:Insights into the impact of museums on citizens’ perceptions and experiences, promoting inclusivity and solidarity.

Final Session – Museums in face of the future: A forward-looking discussion on the role of museums in the evolving global landscape, addressing social technology, literature, public policies, and the intersection of art and activism.

How can you take part?
The conference is open to all interested parties, particularly museum professionals. On-site participation is free of charge, depending on room capacity. Streaming will also be available. Reservations must be made by email:

The conference will be recorded and will be available on the Museus e Monumentos de Portugal website.

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