Hands On! Conference 2019

22. Oktober 2019 - 26. Oktober 2019, Young Museum Frankfurt

The 12th edition of our biennial conference takes us to Frankfurt.

Together we will explore the latest developments in the field of children’s education in museums, children’s museums and science centers. Be inspired by keynote speakers, interactive sessions and exclusive museum visits. Meet colleagues from 30 different countries and share your own ideas.



All inclusive! Museums as places for ALL children

The conference will focus on museums’ roles as places of social inclusion. We would like to discuss how to cater to specific needs of diverse audiences and take a closer look at how children’s museums use collections to impart knowledge on cultural heritage. Last but not least, we would like to explore innovative educational formats, especially when connected to digital learning. Check out the full conference programme here




In order to reflect the latest developments of the field, we have chosen three focus topics.


Diverse audience(s) and social inclusion

Today’s museum audiences are highly diverse: intergenerational, transcultural, from a variety of social backgrounds, with (or without) various forms of handicaps. As keepers of cultural heritage, we are responsible for providing cultural education for everybody! How can we develop exhibitions and programs for everyone? How can we design accessible exhibitions and museums?. How can we be “all-inclusive”?


Collection-based cultural education

Museums collect artifacts and objects of historical or cultural significance. Using these collections, cultural education aims to help audiences to access material and nonmaterial culture. How do museums and children’s museums succeed in using objects to render cultural heritage more tangible for children? How can object-based exhibitions designed for general museum audiences become more attractive for families and children.


New formats of cultural education: digital learning and beyond

Following the digital turn, digital learning, gamification and changed expectations of our audiences have shaped and transformed our field of work. How can digital learning be used as a tool to design exhibitions and educational programs for children? How can well-known forms of education, be modified and adapted to fit new needs? We would like to discuss new, avant-garde creative formats and methods of cultural education.



The conference is hosted by Junges Museum Frankfurt. First opened in 1972 as the in-house children’s museum of the Historical Museum , it is home to a unique pedagogical collection. In 2018 Junges Museum received a total make-over, including new exhibition spaces, workshop areas and authentic historical play areas. Their programs revolve around regional historical and cultural topics and encourage independent thinking and autonomous learning in a hands-on environment.