Network of Museums in the Baltic is a network for the exchange of knowledge and experience between museums around the Baltic Sea. 

One aim of the network is to stimulate interaction, cooperation, circulation of news and benefiting from each other’s knowledge and know-how on an institutional level. It covers most disciplines, giving each other help and support in analyzing artifacts, preservation queries and cooperation in museum matters such as producing exhibitions, developing visitors’ sites, management, pedagogical programs, marketing and branding etc.

Another aim is to promote museums as platforms for increased cooperation between different sectors of society. A common misunderstanding is that museums are old-fashion storages hosting dusty exhibitions. Nothing could be more wrong! Within the museum-structure all kind of topics are mastered; there are years of experience concerning tourism, visitors services, education, research, pedagogical programs for schools, management of cultural heritage sites and monuments, communication in many forms such as web, facebook, blogs, books and other publications, guides, exhibitions, program-activities,  press-contacts etc.

The museums of today are multitasked actors with highly skilled expertise and active public relationships. They are spotting actual trends, combining them with historical facts and mediating them using  combinations of traditional and contemporary methods in exhibitions, programs and events. 

Moreover, the museums have a very solid brand and are used working with long-term projects and initiatives but also with contemporary trends and creative development and innovation.

Still, the challenge for the museums and the Baltic Sea area is to discover this broad potential to its full extent benefiting from it when developing and promoting the region. By joining forces museums around the Baltic Sea can be a long-term and solid resource for regional development. Clustering with other actors, such as tourism-organizations and educational bodies, improves the results creating a sustainable umbrella-organization where multiple aspects of Baltic culture and heritage can be developed and promoted.

There is a rich diversity of culture and cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region. One topic to investigate further is the Baltic culture and identity in all its aspects. The museums have been dealing with this issue in a regional context for very long time, and have deep knowledge about it on the local/regional level. The challenge within the network is to get a grip of the whole Baltic region. How does the “Baltic identity” look like? Most probably very diverse, not only in place but also over time. This richness in culture and tradition has many aspects addressing the inhabitants of today. And at the same time: as well as there are diversities, there are also similarities connecting us in relationships of all kinds.   

Another aspect is the willingness to share the regional culture and cultural heritage. The historical and natural landscapes, the art, the monuments, design and history are all worth travelling to. And this is best done by cooperating, by building relationships between people and institutions willing to unite in order to develop themselves and the Baltic entity.

Talking to inhabitants around the Baltic Rim, it becomes all too often obvious 

that the knowledge about the other countries, cultures and people within in the BSR is poor. This fact is particularly sad since we share a common history throughout the millennia. The connections and relations over sea have in previous days in many cases been more intense than today. This modern lack of contacts and connections prevents the region’s full potential as a place of cultural, historical and natural beauty and richness to be fully understood and promoted.

The broad and deep understanding and knowledge of the Baltic issues that the museums host can by focused actions form an effective tool to connect and promote the region developing and deepening the common identity. 



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Joining the Network as Museum

Do you want to join the network as a museum? Then you should feel very welcome!

Before doing so, please read The Operational Guidelines carefully.

Then contact network-manager Ulrika Mebus at ulrika.mebus@gotlandsmuseum.se 


BALTMUS Annual Network Forum 4th - 8th April 2018 in Gdynia City Museum.

 The 2018 Annual Forum of Network of Museums took place in Gdynia City Museum between April 4th and April 8th, 2018. This forum marks the beginning of three-year presidency period for Gdynia City Museum. The task of coordinating the operations of the network bring excitement and expectation of an interesting challenge.

Forum gathered 32 representatives of 11 of the institutions gathered in the Network and five local museums. The first day of the Forum was devoted to the host institution. Our guest were given a curatorial tour of the exhibition “Gdynia – an Open Work”, the core exhibition of Gdynia City Museum. The tour was conducted by Ms. Agata Abramowicz, the Deputy Director of the Museum and one of the curators of the core exhibition. Later they took part in the opening event of the exhibition “Co Widzisz?” (What Do You See?), which uses a great selection from the vast photo collections of Gdynia City Museum to illustrate various roles of photography and the types of human perception. During the event the members of the forum were greeted by the Director of Gdynia City Museum, Dr. Jacek Friedrich, and the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, Ms. Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

The second day, Friday 6th April, was devoted to the conference. First Dr. Łukasz Jasiński presented the international exchange framework entitled “Common Sea – Common Museums”, aimed at promoting peer-to-peer exchanges between the member institutions of the Network. Further discussions concentrated on two key subjects, pre-selected by the guest in an online query: Art, history, education – how to achieve synergy between different activities? And How to appeal to the visitors? In the ensuing discussions the members of the Forum agreed that while multiplying various programs aimed at attracting more visitors to the museums is effective, sometimes it might result in heavy pressure on the museum workers. During the conference Ms. Ulrika Mebus (Gotland Museum), who had coordinated the Network, presented the annual report of the forum and a few remarks of encouragement to the new coordinators from Gdynia.

On Saturday 7th April the members of the conference were invited to join a workshop on the “What Do You See?” exhibition, conducted by its curator, Ms. Agnieszka Pajączkowska. Our guests were given a unique insight into the aims of the exhibition and were encouraged to provide their insights on various elements of the exhibition. Later the group travelled to Gdańsk to visit the European Solidarity Centre, located on the site of the Gdańsk Shipyard famous from workers’ protests against Communist oppression in 1980.

Sunday, 8th April was an extra-curricular day for some of the guests. The programme included a visit in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, where a curatorial tour was given by Dr. Michalina Petelska, one of the creators of the exhibition. The visit in this modern, narrative museum marked the end of the Annual Forum in Gdynia.

Gdynia City Museum takes the three-year presidency of the Network. We do hope that the success of the April Forum will be a good omen for the next tree years of Forum’s operations.

European Year of Cultural heritage 2018

Council and European Parliament have decided establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Cultural heritage encompasses resources from the past in a variety of forms and aspects.

The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. At the same time, it draws attention to the opportunities offered by our cultural heritage, but also to the challenges it faces.


2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nation has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. The museums are very imoprtant actors in this respect!


Europa Nostra to Estonian Open Air Museum!


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