MEST Denmark 2023

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – study visit for educators from Jewish museums in Europe. The 2023 edition focusses on families.

Accommodating family visits is a growing field of interest for the museum sector. For families, museums can be joyful and meaningful options to spend family leisure time. For museums, engaging with young audiences is also a way to invest in future audiences. As Jewish museums, we mostly welcome our young audiences in the non-formal learning framework of school visits. How can we make our Jewish museums an interesting and welcoming place for families?

During the intensive 3-day program, participants explored three key areas of family services: family programs (events and activities), children’s and family exhibitions, and hospitality (marketing & communications and facilities). The program comprised behind-the-scenes visits to museums and meetings with Danish museum professionals at the National Museum and The Workers Museum in Copenhagen, the Maritime Museum in Helsingør, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, and the H.C. Andersen House in Odense, project presentations, and other opportunities for exchange with peers, as well as an exclusive field trip in the footsteps of the flight of Danish Jews in 1943. The study visit was organized in close collaboration with the Danish Jewish Museum.

June 12-14, 2023

Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and Oslo Jewish Museum (NO), AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a new professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. Jewish Museum in Trondheim (NO) holds a role of as a partner in the programme. MEST is part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage Project supported by the EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway and by the state budget of Poland.