Who we are

The Museums Lab is a platform for joint learning, exchange and continuing education on the future of museums in both Africa and Germany. The aim is also to establish close and lasting networks between future shapers of museum concepts on both sides. The project was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Master‘s Programme in Museum Management and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin, in close cooperation with the African consultancy group The Advisors. Ten museums as well as several other cultural institutions are partners with the programme. The project is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office and supported by the German Minister of State for Culture and the Media as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Key facts


Joint learning, exchange and further training on the future of museums in African countries and Germany. Establishing and upgrading networks.


The programme will be conducted in English in 2021 (sufficient knowledge of English is therefore a prerequisite for taking part). In subsequent years, it may be offered in French and potentially in other languages.


A compact, virtual workshop and further training programme with a three-week practical phase at a museum in Germany, which will begin with the international symposium “The Museums Lab 2021” in Berlin.


Current issues and concepts of museum management, social impact and responsibility, localisation of content, as well as practical aspects of museums as institutions in the 21 st century, divided into three modules:

Module 1: Entangled Histories and the Future of Cultural Memories
Module 2: Collections and Research
Module 3: Communication and Strategic Management


Young executives from African and German museums (Fellows).


Modular online seminar with workshops, presentations (input), discussions (speaker and participants), and seminar presentations (participants) for young executives on overarching museum topics.
20 participants from African museums and 20 participants from German museums.

Input in tandem-format (practical knowledge and research) from African and German museums and universities, as well as African / German curators, architects, artists and theorists, etc. with an international profile. Certificates of attendance will be issued.

20 participants from African museums 20 participants from German museums Input African & German practical knowledge and research Moderation & technical support

Draft schedule

Online phase Practical phase Kick-off event (online) Module 1Module 2Module 3 Closed workshop & public evening symposium (Berlin) final colloquium Kick-off event (Berlin) Closing event (Berlin) 3-week placements (at participating museums in Germany) using digital meeting / networking tools Mar Apr Dec FebJan MayJuneJulyAugSepOctNov



The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and and researchers. With its many years of experience in interconnecting German higher education and research institutions with partners around the world, the DAAD will support the creation of a network in the field of international museum cooperation within the framework of the joint project The Museums Lab.


The Museum für Naturkunde (MfN) – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science – is an integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. The museum's mission is to discover and describe life and Earth – with people, through dialogue. As an excellent research museum and innovative communication platform, the MfN seeks to engage with and influence the scientific and societal discourse about the future of our planet, worldwide. The MfN therefore acknowledges the importance of this project and helped to launchThe Museums Lab.


With its 14,000 students, the HTW is Berlin's largest university for applied sciences, combining excellent research and teaching with a strong practical component. The HTW's museological degree programmes offer courses in conservation, restoration, collection management, digitisation, provenance research, curating, outreach and museum management, which makes it the ideal partner for The Museums Lab 2021.


We are The Advisors, a multidisciplinary network of consultants. We are committed to excellent knowledge exchange projects in the arts, culture and science. We work with governments, cultural institutions, multilateral agencies, and the private sector. In Africa, Europe, and Asia.