Sustainability: Preserve/Progress

Nov. 10–12 | TuesdayThursday
Nov. 17–19 | TuesdayThursday

What sustains us? The conference theme for MCN 2020 VIRTUAL—an experience like no other previous conference—is Sustainability: Preserve/Progress. Together, we will explore the tension between transformation and longevity. Sustainability has many facets—technological, financial, environmental, cultural, social, and personal. We recognize the increasingly fraught nature of sustainability—amplified now as we navigate global crises in health, labor, climate change, decolonization, and more. Let’s confront these issues, retool our skills, reconnect with one another, and work together for a more equitable digital future in museums.

Did you say VIRTUAL?

MCN has held a conference every year since 1968. Skipping this year just wasn’t an option. MCN 2020 will be our first-ever virtual conference. That means it’s new for everyone, including all of us at MCN, our amazing volunteers, and everyone working to make this event happen. We’ve put together a great program and are preparing a range of resources to help you navigate MCN’s virtual conference space. This is not your typical virtual conference—think of it as our usual IRL MCN experience, online. Let’s do this!

Use #MCN2020 to follow the conversation on Twitter.

A dedicated #MCN2020 Slack channel will be available to attendees only during the event and continue thereafter.

What’s included in MCN 2020 VIRTUAL?
  • Build your own schedule with 53 experiences over 6 business days.
  • Links to all session recordings on-demand and the week after the conference.
  • 140 speakers from around the world and the cultural sector.
  • Unique online experiences, live sessions, networking, and after-hours community events (social events, networking and after-hours events will be added at a later date).
Why attend MCN 2020 VIRTUAL?
  • Connect with Community: now more than ever, we need community. Experience fun after-hour events, grow your network, and be inspired by each other.
  • Explore New Ideas: sessions range from digital workflow, to museum unionization, to Animal Crossing. Whether the ideas are new or new-to-you, learn and reframe your thinking.
  • Retool Your Skills: for museum workers in transition, build your skill sets as you explore new ways of connecting people with information.
  • Invest in the future of museums: people, not institutions, are the future of museums. Take this time to invest in your own future as you learn new skills and connect with brave ideas that will transform the sector.
Standard Registration
Speakers receive 50% off standard registration, a $60 credit.
(A discount code will be emailed to you to use at checkout.)
Member Registration
Current MCN members receive 50% Standard Registration.
(A discount code will be emailed to you to use at checkout.)
Hardship Registration
Microsoft is making 125 subsidized tickets at $40 available
to anyone who’s experiencing a financial or health hardship
as a result of the pandemic. First come, first served.
Due to the limited availability of tickets, we ask that only those
who really need assistance take advantage of this offer.
New Membership + Registration
Save 50% on the conference registration and receive access
to members-only resources including special-interest groups,
mentorship, and community content.
Workshop Hold
See an in-depth workshop that suits you?
Claim your spot with $10.(Fully refunded if workshop is cancelled).
Note: If you decide to add a workshop to your conference

registration at a later date, be sure to use the same email you
registered for the conference with, to ensure your workshop ticket
is added to your registration profile in MCNSched.
Last Chance Registration
Effective November 9, 2020 and through the end of the event.
Join the MCN Community Today and Save!

If you’re not yet an MCN member, register for MCN 2020 VIRTUAL + 1 Year MCN membership for only $150! You’ll save $60 off standard registration while gaining access to membership.

How do I become a member?
  • Join or renew on our membership portal.
  • New members or those whose membership is expired, simply select the $150 ‘New Membership + Registration’ registration to include a one-year membership with your registration.
Black Speaker Fund

In recognition of the disproportionate effect the pandemic and continued racial injustice has had on our black colleagues, we are fundraising for a Black Speaker Fund to offer some support for Black speakers. Please consider making a donation at check-out. Thank you.

What happens after I register?
  • The first step to joining MCN 2020 VIRTUAL is to register. From there, you will receive an email with all of the information you need to access and navigate MCN’s virtual conference space.
  • Once you’re logged in MCNSched, we encourage you to complete your profile and upload a headshot to let others know about you.
Deep Dives

Deep Dive sign-up is open! Space is limited and advance registration is required. In order to sign up, log into your account on Sched and add the Deep Dive session(s) you want to attend to your schedule. Once sessions are filled, there will be a waitlist and MCN will notify attendees as spots become available. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy
  • You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund ONLY through October 10, 2020. Cancellations and refunds will not be accepted after that date.
  • If a workshop you signed up for is cancelled, you will be refunded the $10 hold fee.
Questions or issues with registration?

Email: or call (888) 211-1477 extension 802.