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For thriving museums, “But we’ve always done it this way”, never stands in the way of testing out a good idea. With the world constantly changing around them, museums are finding ways to be true to their core purpose, while adapting the way they work and staying open to new ideas.
Thinking creatively and trying new things involves taking appropriate risks.
Innovating effectively, means accepting that not everything that is tried will work. This can be a particular challenge for museums since their mission to preserve collections and knowledge for the longer term often seems to encourage caution. But innovation needn’t mean tearing up the rule book, and throwing away all your established approaches. Innovation can happen in many different ways.
In the following case study, we explore why incremental innovation might be especially suited to museums, and what that might look like in practice.