Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures
Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher(s): Center for the Future of Museums
Author(s): James Chung
Keywords: museums; trends; futurism
Coverage: United States
What challenges will American society and the nation's museums face in the next quarter-century? This report, commissioned by the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Association of Museums, projects current social trends to 2034 and suggests how museums can face future challenges while continuing to meet their mission of public service. The report focuses on four major trends: demographic shifts, globalization, the revolution in information and communications technology, and new cultural assumptions about the primacy of the individual as creator and curator.