Museums need their community. Community access, engagement, and collaboration are foundational for responsible museum work. As the production, distribution, and control of information continues to shift, museums are no longer the sole holder of knowledge. By collaborating with and empowering communities, museums show that they value collective expertise rather than attempting to maintain ownership of our shared cultural narratives.

Reconsidering Museums has resources to help your museum learn more about the value of collaborating, building trust, and sharing authority with your community. Find the toolkit here.

Collaborate Fact Sheet

Collecting Perspectives

From Authority to Collaboration Language Recommendation