Join 9 hybrid talks on participatory museums and the museum of the future

 A group of young people is sitting around a sculpture in a museum space. Another person is standing and holding a piece of paper.

Starting 25 May 2022, 9 talks with leading experts on the topic of participatory museums and museums of the future will take place online and in Brescia, Italy. The hybrid event series OPEN DOORS. PARTICIPATORY MUSEUMS TODAY is co-organised by NEMO and participation is free of charge. On 28 September, a NEMO training on “Wellbeing and Healing" will be organised in Brescia in connection to the series of talks.

OPEN DOORS. PARTICIPATORY MUSEUMS TODAY, curated by Pierluigi Sacco, is promoted and organised by Fondazione Brescia Musei in collaboration with Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali and NEMO. The events 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.

In a press release, Francesca Bazoli, President of Fondazione Brescia Musei, summarises the aim of events: “This series of meetings will foster a full understanding of the transition we have been experiencing in recent years […] from museums experienced as ‘palaces’ to museums as ‘public squares” in which the dynamics of active citizenship are lived and practised”. By introducing more participatory practice to museum operations, the social role of museums will increase, and knowledge access and transfer will become a collective process.

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 (find more information about the sign-up process below). 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.

Join the online events

To join the live-stream of the talks, you have to register an account. Please follow the steps below. If you experience problems while registering, please contact and we will add you to the events.

  • Go to
  • If you don’t have an Italian fiscal code, use your email address to create an account.
  • In the next step, enter your personal information and click save.
  • You will get an email to set up the password. Click the link and enter your email address to create a password.

Once logged in to the platform, you can access all the courses from the OPEN DOORS series via this link:

  • To register to a course, press “Enrol me”. This will take you to a page with more details about the course.
  • Press “Enrol me” in the top right corner. The event will be added to “My Courses”. You will also receive an email confirmation that includes the link to join.