Hands On! Conference, 22-26 October 2019 Frankfurt


Welcome to Germany!

The 12th edition of our biennial conference takes us to Frankfurt.

Together we will explore the latest developments in the field of children’s education in museums, children’s museums and science centers. Be inspired by keynote speakers, interactive sessions and exclusive museum visits. Meet colleagues from 30 different countries and share your own ideas.

Theme: All inclusive!

Museums as places for ALL children.

The conference will focus on museums’ roles as places of social inclusion. We would like to discuss how to cater to specific needs of diverse audiences and take a closer look at how children’s museums use collections to impart knowledge on cultural heritage. Last but not least, we would like to explore new educational formats, especially digital learning as a tool for cultural education.


This is YOUR conference – help us make the program even better by contributing your expertise. Speak, lead a workshop, present your project, or let us know, if you know interesting individuals or projects, which could be of value for us all.

Get ready – the call for papers will open in autumn 2018

  • You developed an innovative concept for an interactive exhibition?
  • Your project is a new hybrid exhibition format, using workshop, makerspace or theater elements?
  • Your team created a new approach for cultural or transcultural education?
  • How do you incorporate cultural identity and transcultural aspects in your work and projects?
  • You work with contemporary artists, transmedia formats or gamification?
  • You came up with a unique way to make cultural heritage more accessible for children?

Share YOUR ideas, concepts and experiences!

More details on how to become part of our conference program will be released in November 2018.



The conference is hosted by Junges Museum Frankfurt. First opened in 1972 as the in-house children’s museum of the Historical Museum , it is home to a unique pedagogical collection. In 2018 Junges Museum received a total make-over, including new exhibition spaces, workshop areas and authentic historical play areas. Their programs revolve around regional historical and cultural topics and encourage independent thinking and autonomous learning in a hands-on environment.