Join Hands On! in Amsterdam 2015


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Join us in Amsterdam! Join over 300 museum professionals from across the globe for the tenth Hands On! Conference. Over four days you’ll be inspired by our programme of expert keynote speakers, workshops and exclusive visits to some of the best children’s museums, museums and science centers in the Netherlands.


The 2015 theme is ‘Touch and Learn’. How can museums in the 21st century touch the hearts and minds of children? How can hands-on, sensory experiences enhance children’s education in museums?  Together, we will explore the ways in which museums can encourage imagination, creativity and lifelong learning in children.


We’ve already confirmed our first speakers and there are many more to come – local and international museum experts, worldwide leaders in the field of children’s education and technology innovators.

2015 features more workshops than ever before! Gain useful skills and insights relating to technology, exhibitions, management and creative learning in an informal environment.

Join other museum professionals on exclusive visits to some of the best children’s museums, museums and science centers in the Netherlands. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Check out the preliminary Programme.

Children in Museums Award 2015

On October 14th conference participants will have an opportunity to attend the Children in Museums Award ceremony at the Museum of the Tropics.

Click here to find out more about the Children in Museums Award.


With the conference, Hands On! aims to positively impact the quality and accessibility of museums for children worldwide by providing a platform for the international exchange of knowledge and experience between museum professionals. Hands On! aims to put children’s education on the agenda of governments and museums where it is not already.


The Rijksmuseum and the Jewish Historical Museum are the main organizers of the conference in 2015. The National Maritime Museum, Science Center NEMO and the Dutch Museum Association are also closely involved in the realization of this international conference. Over thirty museums in the Netherlands are united in an advisory group and are actively engaged.

Read more about the conference organization.