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!
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.
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.
Since 2011, MCN has recorded conference sessions and made them available on the MCN YouTube channel. These recordings enable attendees to see all sessions they may have missed, and provide access to MCN sessions for those who cannot attend in person.
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.