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Children in Museums at the Hands On! Conference

Hands On! Conference, 13 - 16 October 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Join Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums and 300 museum professionals from over 30 countries at the 10th Hands On! Conference. Discover the latest developments in the field of children's education in museums worldwide.

The theme is Touch and Learn

This year's theme is Touch and Learn, focusing on questions many museums are currently facing. How can museums touch the hearts and minds of children? What roles do sensory experience and technology play? Together we will explore how to encourage creativity and lifelong learning in children.

Conference ticket includes 3 keynotes, 20 lectures, 30 workshops and visits to 30 of the best (children's) museums and science centres in the Netherlands. Social programming includes dinners, parties and the Children in Museums Award Ceremony.


Main organizers of the conference are the Rijksmuseum and the Jewish Historical Museum, in cooperation with Science Center NEMO, the National Maritime Museum and the Dutch Museums Association.


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Speakers include:

  • Annemies Broekgaarden, Head of Public and Education at the Rijksmuseum (NL)
  • Gail Lord, President of Lord Cultural Resources (Canada)
  • Professor Yong Zhao, University of Oregon (USA)
  • Nina Lim-Yuson, President of Museo Pambata (Philippines)
  • Heather Maxson, Director of School, Youth and Family Programs, Whitney Museum (USA)
  • Marianne Bargeman, National Gallery of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Leslie Swartz, Senior Vice President of Research and Program Planning, Boston Children's Museum (USA)
  • Linda Sproul, Education Manager, Museum Victoria (Australia)
  • Marielle Pals, Founder/Director of Tropenmuseum Junior (Netherlands)
  • Sabina Cantarello, Director Education, MUDEC Junior (Italy)
  • Rixt Hulshoff Pol, Manager Education, Stedelijk Museum (Netherlands)
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