Cover design by Jennifer Rae Atkins

The Participatory Museum is a practical guide to working with community members and visitors to make cultural institutions more dynamic, relevant, essential places. It was written by me, Nina Simon. I’m a movement builder, former museum director, and the best-selling author of The Art of Relevance and the Museum 2.0 blog.

In the time since The Participatory Museum was published in 2010, over 40,000 people have bought the book, and another 200,000+ have read the online version available for free on this site. The Participatory Museum has been described as a “future classic of museology,” an “indispensable guide,” and just a darn good book to read.

You can read the book for free online here, or purchase it as a paperback or ebook. Here’s Nina sharing some of the key points from the book in her 2012 TEDx talk.