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Museums, no more places of visit but places of experience, are an essential part of our public realm not only because they are places for safeguarding tangible and intangible heritage but also they successfully contribute to education, citizenship and other government objectives.

The 21st Century is often said to be a time of rapid technological change, but the social changes occurring in many countries (including Taiwan) are equally dramatic. Also, with the severity of the universal economic downturn, museums of all sizes are facing an uncertain future due to funding cuts. Museums all over the world are witnessing a sea change in recent times, in concept approach, presentation, management and communication.

In view of this rapid transformation in museums across the world and the challenges faced by museums, the NMNS will run a two-day seminar titled ‘2016 Asia-Pacific Museum International Conference’ on Friday & Saturday, November 25-26, 2016 to look at how museums can survive and thrive by adapting to changing circumstances.

The seminar hosted jointly by three graduate institutes of museum studies in Taiwan (Taipei National University of the Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts, and Fu Jen Catholic University) and Chinese Association of Museums will share best approaches and practices and help in developing strategies and framework for transformation of museums of all kind. It focuses on museums in Asia-Pacific area because of their similar cultural and economic backgrounds. It will specially help Taiwanese museum professionals to get new perspectives from Asia-Pacific area in order to strategize our own future course.

The developmental seminar will cover topics such as multicultural museum education; the role of museums in society; the practices of museum educators; and using technology to get visitors involved. It aims to give delegates, both individuals and organizations, the opportunity to share experiences, prospects, and benefits of partnering.

2016 Asia-Pacific Museum International Conference is hosted by the National Museum of Natural Science, and supervised by the Ministry of Education, ROC. Generous assistance is provided by Graduate Institute of Museum Studies of Taipei National University of the Arts, Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology of Tainan National University of the Arts, Graduate Institute of Museum Studies of Fu Jen Catholic University, and Chinese Association of Museums. 

  • Date: Friday & Saturday, November 25-26, 2016
  • Venue: The Museum's Blue Conference Room
  • Participation: Participation is limited to researchers, students, teachers engaging in museum education or professional museum educators.
  • Cost: FREE (two lunches available, stay expenses unavailable)
  • Online registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Register early; Space is limited to 150 persons.
  • Conference attendance will be authenticated for government employees and teachers.
  • Please visit the website for complete details, or call 04-23226940 ext. 248 or 250 for more information.