Hosted since 1968, the Annual Conference is MCN’s marquee event and draws over 600 cultural heritage professionals from museums, historic sites and visitor attractions in North America and beyond. Attendees come from all areas of practice, from IT to digital outreach and visitor engagement, to collections, conservation, archival, libraries, curatorial, education, marketing, and more.
MCN has made the difficult decision to not host its annual conference in 2022, in person or online. We’re working to gather in person again in the near future! Until then, the board is working with the MCN community on exploring events and other community gatherings.
Check our blog for up-to-date announcements about conferences and the MCN community.
Every MCN Conference is an opportunity to grow your network and get inspired. We explore new ideas in a variety of sessions formats from lightning talks to workshops and panel discussions. Topics are wide-ranging; Hear about approaches to digital workflow, the role of digital in our evolving understanding of audience engagement in museums, and more. Whether the ideas are new or new-to-you, it’s always an opportunity to learn and reframe your thinking, build your skillset, and connect with other museum professionals to expand your digital capacity and develop brave ideas that will transform the sector.
Links to program and select recordings of past conferences
MCN 2020 VIRTUAL
Interface: Communities + Museums
Program | Ignite MCN
What’s Emerging in the Field (Scholars’ Publication)
MCN 2019: San Diego, CA
Interface: Communities + Museums
MCN 2018 – Denver, CO
Humanizing the digital
Humanizing the Digital: Unproceedings from the MCN 2018 Conference
MCN 2011 – Atlanta, GA
Hacking the Museum: Innovation, Agility & Collaboration
MCN 2010 – Austin, TX
I/O The Museum: Inside-Out / Outside-In
MCN 2009 – Portland, OR
Museum Information, Museum Efficiency: Doing More with Less!
MCN 2008 – Washington, D.C.
LET’S DO I.T. RIGHT!
MCN 2007 – Chicago, IL
Building Content, Building Community: 40 Years of Museum Information and Technology
MCN 2006 – Pasadena, CA
Access to Assets: Return on Investment
MCN 2005 – Boston, MA
DIGITS FUGIT!: Preserving Knowledge Into the Future
MCN 2004 – Minneapolis, MN
Great Technology for Collections, Confluence and Community
MCN 2003 – Las Vegas, NV
Balancing Museum Technology and Transformation
MCN 2002 – Toronto, Canada
In It for the Long Haul: Technology Programs that Go The Distance
MCN 2001 – Cincinnati, OH
Real Life: Virtual Experiences
MCN 2000 – Las Vegas, NV
The Name of the Game is Change
MCN 1999 – Philadelphia, PA
Access for All: Integrating Cultural Heritage, Media and Technology
MCN 1998 – Santa Monica, CA
Knowledge Creation, Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Preservation
MCN 1997 – St. Louis, MO
Communication within the museum, with the museum and its community, within the community of museums
MCN 1996 – Ottawa, ON
Reaching Museum Audiences Using New Technology
MCN 1995 – San Diego, CA
MCN 1994 – Washington, D.C.
Cultures Connected: Automating Museums in the Americas and Beyond
MCN 1993 – Seattle, WA
MCN 1992 – Pittsburgh, PA
25th Anniversary MCN Conference
MCN 1991 – Santa Monica, CA
MCN 1990 – Richmond, VA
MCN 1989 – Chicago, IL
MCN 1988 – Santa Monica, CA
MCN 1987 – Boston, MA
MCN 1986 – New Orleans, LA
Conference on Computer Applications in Museums
MCN 1985 – Mexico City, Mexico
MCN 1984 – Ottawa, ON, Canada
MCN 1983 – Rochester, NY
MCN 1982 – San Francisco, CA
MCN 1981 – Detroit, MI
MCN 1980 – Albany, NY
MCN 1979 – Washington, D.C.
MCN 1978 – New Haven, CT
MCN 1974 – Stony Brook, NY
MCN 1968 – New York, NY
A Conference on Computers and their Potential Applications in Museums