Conferences

Two women stand at a podium to talk to a crowd at MW. The woman who is speaking raises her hand in the air. The MW (MuseWeb) conferences convene annually in North America and Asia with and occasional “deep dives” to sites of digital innovation in the field. Our meetings and proceedings feature advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage.

Formed by leading professionals from around the world, our community has been meeting since 1997, and recognizing the best in cultural heritage innovation through the GLAMi awards annually.

The products of our meetings and conversations – the MW proceedings, the GLAMi archives and discussion Forum, along with more than 1,350 papers and videos from the past 23 years of MW conferences are freely accessible online and offer an unparalleled resource for museum workers, technologists, students and researchers that grows every year.

Throughout the year, we steward Communities of Practice on Facebook and conversations about the topics of greatest interest and advanced research in the field documented on the Wiki.

The MW Program

MW offers a range of professional learning opportunities, from plenary sessions to un-conference sessions, from formal papers to informal networking, from museum project demonstrations to commercial exhibits, from professional debates to lightning talks, from how-to sessions to crit rooms and the Best of the Web awards. Prior to the conference, there are half-day workshops and pre-conference tours. Social events include receptions each evening, and lots of refreshment breaks provide plenty of time to meet and talk with colleagues.

Who Comes to MW?

All kinds of people from around the world come to MuseWeb. You will find webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, CMOs, directors, scholars, consultants, IT Directors, programmers, analysts, publishers and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives – as well as the companies, foundations and governments that support them – at MuseWeb every year.  Organizations attending range from the largest museums in the world, to house museums with one full time staff.

Reach

MuseWeb (formally Museums and the Web) is the largest museum innovation and technology conference in the world…we get about 800 attendees from more than 40 countries each year.  We also have a robust online community and reach more than 80,000 community members though our email newsletter, social media and LinkedIn networks.

Upcoming Conference

MW2021 (#25)
April 5-9, 2020 | Washington, DC, USA
Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Tentative Upcoming Conferences

MWA20 (#6A)
Fall 2020, Singapore

MWA20 (#7A)
Fall 2021, Korea


Who Comes to MW?

All kinds of people from around the world come to Museums and the Web. You will find webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, publishers and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives – as well as the companies, foundations and governments that support them – at Museums and the Web every year.

The MW Program

MW offers a range of professional learning opportunities, from plenary sessions to un-conference sessions, from formal papers to informal networking, from museum project demonstrations to commercial exhibits, from professional debates to lightning talks, from how-to sessions to crit rooms and the Best of the Web awards.


Past Conferences

MW2020 (#24)
March 31-April 4, 2020 | Online

MW2019 (#23)
April 02-06, 2019 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Sheraton Boston

MW2018 (#22)
April 18-21, 2018 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

MW2017 (#21)
April 19-22, 2017 | Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Hilton Cleveland Downtown

MW2016 (#20)
April 6-9, 2016 | Los Angeles, California, USA
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

MWA2015 (#A5)
October 5-9 | Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

MW2015 (#19)
April 8-11, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Palmer House

MWA2014 (#A4)
October 7-10, 2014 Daejeon & Seoul, South Korea
Daejeon Convention Center

MW2014 (#18)
April 2-5, 2014 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

MWF2014 (#A3)
February 19–21, 2014 | Florence, Italy
Palazzo Vecchio

MWA2013 (#A2)
West meets East: Join the global network at Museums and the Web Asia in:

  • Hong Kong, December 8-12, 2013
  • Beijing, December 14-15, 2013

MW2013 (#17)
April 17-20, 2013 | Portland, Oregon, USA
The Marriott Downtown Waterfront

MWA2012 (#A1)
December 5, 2012 | Hong Kong, China
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, CityU, Kowloon Tong

MW2012 (#16)
April 11-14, 2012 | San Diego, California, USA
Sheraton Marina

MW2011 (#15)
April 6-9, 2011 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

MW2010 (#14)
April 13-17, 2010 | Denver, Colorado, USA
Grand Hyatt

MW2009 (#13)
April 14-18, 2009 | Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Hyatt Regency

MW2008 (#12)
April 8-12, 2008 | Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hilton Bonaventure

MW2007 (#11)
April 11-14, 2007 | San Francisco, California, USA
Westin St. Francis

MW2006 (#10)
March 22 – 25, 2006 | Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Hyatt Regency

MW2005 (#9)
April 13-17, 2005 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hyatt Regency

MW2004 (#8)
March 31-April 3, 2004 | Arlington, Virginia / Washington DC, USA
Crystal Gateway Marriott

MW2003 (#7)
March 19-22, 2003 | Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

MW2002 (#6)
April 17 – 20, 2002 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

MW2001 (#5)
March 14-17, 2001 | Seattle, Washington, USA

MW2000 (#4)
April 16-19, 2000 | Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

MW1999 (#3)
March 11-14, 1999 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

MW1998 (#2)
April 22-25, 1998 | Toronto, Canada

MW1997 (#1)
March 16-19, 1997 | Los Angeles, California, USA

MW Archives

In 2012, MW founders David Bearman and Jennifer Trant passed the management of the MW Conferences to Rich Cherry, Nancy Proctor, Hiroko Kusano and Titus Bicknell. In the Archives you’ll find the MW Conference websites and community blogs from 1997-2012.