The museum community – what is it?

This paper wants to reflect on the concept of museum communit(ies).

Traditional institutional identities are increasingly being challenged by an international professional discourse emphasizing integral and integrated approaches. These approaches are visible in the definition of heritage, the organizational models, cooperation in networks and the participation of a variety of communities. One of the key concepts of present day developments is the notion of shared responsibility: a shared responsibility of museum staff, a shared responsibility of organizations and interest groups in networks of heritage communities, and a shared responsibility of museums and their source communities. This involves a discussion on the role and the responsibility of the museum professional.