NEMO opens event series on participatory museums

On 25 May 2022, NEMO Secretary General Julia Pagel took part in the opening of the 9-part discussion series “OPEN DOORS. Participatory Museums Today”. Just as the series is hybrid, Pagel joined the opening online while the main programme took place in Brescia, Italy.

“OPEN DOORS. Participatory Museums Today” is organised by Fondazione Brescia Musei in collaboration with NEMO and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali. The discussions will take place from May to November 2022. NEMO is a proud co-organiser since we want to make sure that museums are actively participating in and steering the transition towards an open and participatory museum sector.

The 9 talks will be live streamed and simultaneously translated into Italian, English and LIS (Italian Sign Language). To join online please register an account at To join the talks in-person in Brescia, please contact Participation in both online and in-person events are free of charge.


  • 25 May at 16:30 CEST
    Opening session
  • 8 June at 16:30 CEST
    Participation for unity
    Museums can become a centre of social cohesion and a safe and welcoming space for all those suffering from discrimination and marginalisation.
  • 15 June at 16:30 CEST
    Participation for possibility
    Museums can become a space of empowerment, where awareness of our human potential and the capacity to develop it can be cultivated.
  • 22 June at 16:30 CEST
    Participation for education
    Museums have always been important educational institutions whose mission today is growing increasingly extensive and multifaceted, helping today’s citizens to face and navigate the growing complexities of our world.
  • 29 June at 16:30 CEST
    Participation for creating dialogue between differences
    Cultural differences have always been one of the primary resources of humankind, and museums are the place that allows experimentation of new forms of dialogue and mutual encounter.
  • 28 September at 16:30 CEST
    Participation for wellbeing
    Scientific evidence is confirming that culture can have very positive effects on psychological and physical wellbeing. Museums can therefore also become spaces where people can enjoy a sense of wellbeing.
  • 19 October at 16:30 CEST
    Participation to help us be creative
    Creativity is not only about intuition. Being creative is also about being constantly open to new ideas and new points of view. Museums are spaces to be discovered and that allow us to develop our creative potential day after day.
  • 9 November at 16:30 CEST
    Participation as co-creation
    New digital technologies offer us ever more possibilities to make and create together, developing our collective intelligence. Museums are spaces allowing us to try our hand with these new possibilities and their exciting potential.
  • 23 November at 16:30 CEST
    Participation as a solution to collective problems
    Culture has always helped human beings solve important issues addressing them from different perspectives. Museums can also become the place where we can together design more effective solutions to our everyday problems.