Annual Conference

Hosted every year 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. A must-attend for all professionals in the musetech sector!

Past Conferences

A listing of past annual conferences and their themes provides a glimpse into over 50 years of knowledge sharing throughout the community. We look forward to building out this archive as a part of our MCN resource offerings.

MCN2020 Scholars’ Essays

The MCN 2020 VIRTUAL conference, “Sustainability: Preserve/Progress,” explored how museums and museum professionals are working today with the tension between transformation and longevity. Sessions explored the varied facets of sustainability including technological, financial, environmental, cultural, social, and even personal. In response, ten emerging professionals in the field—recipients of the MCN Scholarship Program award—have written here about the state of museum technology and sustainability in 2020. 

Conference sessions

Since 2011, MCN has recorded conference sessions and made them available on the MCN YouTube channel, and the most recent conference recordings have been made available to members and attendees via Vimeo. These recordings enable attendees to see all sessions they may have missed.

Ignite MCN

The conference starts with a dynamic opening event, Ignite MCN, featuring thought-provoking presentations in an energetic and entertaining format. With imaginations ignited, attendees enjoy several days of hands-on workshops, sessions, and engaging discussions.

Ignite MCN2020
Ignite MCN2018

Sponsor Hall

The MCN Annual Conference attracts over 600 professionals from museums, historic sites and visitor attractions that include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, SFMOMA, Cleveland Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, MFA Boston, LACMA, and many more.

The Sponsor Hall features some of the latest developments and products used in digital cultural heritage and an opportunity to meet vendors that specialize in serving the needs of our sector.

Social events and networking

Multiple evening events enable networking with like-minded professionals and a chance to visit local cultural heritage venues in the conference’s host city, which changes every year.