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MCN 2016 - November 1-4, 2016, New Orleans, LA

Picture of Bourbon Street at night

Workshops and tours: Tuesday, November 1
Conference sessions & events: Wednesday-Friday November 2-4

Although originally founded in 1967, MCN's first annual conference started in 1972. That makes 2016, MCN's 44th Annual Conference! 

MCN 2016 will take place in New Orleans' charming French Quarter at the JW Marriott and the Sheraton New Orleans. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming response to the conference, both hotels are sold out for the entire week of the conference. Tours and evening events will provide opportunities to explore the city and local museums. 


The Human-Centered Museum

Every year, MCN explores topics of relevance to museum practitioners working with, or affected by, digital media and technology. This year, MCN will focus on how museums can use technology to emphasize inclusion, accessibility, and agency, from a diverse range of perspectives. We are interested in how technology changes the nature of museum work, including its business models, staffing, and strategic plans.

Broadening our range of approaches and stakeholders has the benefit of making our institutions more robust, adaptable, and future-proof. Join new leaders here to highlight, unpack, and celebrate the institutional benefits of diversity.

Submissions on any topic are welcome, but some specific topics we’d like to address this year include:

  • collaboration, community
  • diversity (in all its forms), inclusion, accessibility, agency
  • change, innovation, experimentation
  • new business models, leadership, strategy

Use #MCN2016 to follow the conversation

Reasons to Join Us in New Orleans:  

  • Get inspired. Join an energetic and generous community eager to share and hear ideas.
  • Make connections. Join the face-to-face conversations that can’t be replicated anywhere else!

  • Build something new. Many global initiatives started at MCN: the #MuseWomen mentorship program, the International Museum Social Media Managers' group, and more. What next great thing will you create at #MCN2016? 

  • Expand your thinking. Return to your organization armed with the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in museum technology.
  • Experience New Orleans. Explore the unique food, music, and culture of one of the world’s most beloved cities. With over 45 museums to choose from, it's easy to immerse yourself in the city's history, culture, and arts.

Attendees take in the MCN 2015 keynote


MCN2016 Conference Registration Fees

   Early Bird
 (June 29-July 31) 
 (August 1-Oct. 31) 
 (November 1-4) 
 Member  $550  $700  $800
 Non-member  $675  $825  $925
 Student*  $220  $280  $320
 Small museum**                  $400  $400  $400
 Daily Pass  $370  $370  $370
 Guest Pass***  $120  $120  $120
 Workshop  $125  $125  $125

*Student discount is subject to prior approval by MCN upon presentation of a valid and current student ID and may not be combined with Small Museum or Daily Pass.
**MCN defines "Small Museum" as an institution with an annual operating budget of less than US $350,000.00 or with a paid staff equivalent of no more than three (3) full-time positions. Small Museum discount is subject to prior approval by MCN so we can verify your eligibility by having you email us a copy of your organization's recent IRS Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax). Note: this discount may not be combined with Student or Daily Pass.
***Attendees may bring a guest (spouse/partner) for a Guest Pass of $120.00. A Guest Pass ONLY gives access to the Sponsor Hall, Ignite and other evening Receptions. A Guest Pass does NOT give access to the conference general sessions nor to Tours or Workshops, which must be purchased separately.

Note: All speakers will be issued a $50 discount on their conference registration fee.





For general questions about MCN 2016, email conference@mcn.edu or call (888) 211-1477 (x802)
For Program Committee questions, email program@mcn.edu
For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities or inquiries, email sponsorship@mcn.edu

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