Updated on Jun 28, 2019

The Ibero-American Museum Meetings are truly dedicated to the exchange of experiences and the discussion of issues of mutual interest in the area of cooperation, allowing for the establishment of shared commitments for the strengthening and development of the sector.

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9th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

With the theme Weaving cooperation between museums, the 9th edition of the Ibero-American Museum Meeting brought together representatives of the Ibero-American museums from November 24 to 26 in the city of San José, Costa Rica. The event was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica and with the support of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI).

A number of debates were held on museological work in the region, based on topics such as the strengthening of the educational work of museums, the safeguarding of museum heritage, audience communication and development, the governance and sustainability of museums, creative management models and financing.

In addition, lectures were given by experts from museums in the Ibero-American community, including: Jordi Tresserras (director of the Heritage and Cultural Tourism Laboratory of the University of Barcelona and the Ibertur Network), Lluís Bonet (director of the Cultural Management Program of the University of Barcelona), Néstor Garcia Canclini (anthropologist and cultural critic) and Marcelo Mattos Araujo (president of the Brazilian Institute of Museums).

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of San José.

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8th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

With the theme Pathways to the future for museums: trends and challenges in diversity, the 8th edition of the Ibero-American Museum Meeting took place from October 13 to 15 at the National Museum of Ethnology of Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting brought together specialists from the areas of museology and national and international culture with the purpose of discussing the state of the sector.

The professionals and institutional representatives present had four main goals: deepening the mutual understanding of the museological realities of the Ibero-American countries; providing opportunities to reflect on the state of the art of public policies for museums; presenting and debating ideas and future lines for the evolution of Ibero-American museums; and serve as a platform for cooperation between Ibero-America, Europe and the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) in the area.

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of Lisbon.

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7th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The seventh edition of the Ibero-American Museum Meeting was held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from October 28 to 30, 2013. The theme, Memory and Social Change, was defined to highlight the advances in the area of museology and deepen the reflections and implications derived from the social appropriation of museological collections.

Pursuing this objective, the conferences and debates took place in three central axes: cultural life, museums and local development; memory, identity and social change; and knowledge, culture and education. The debates sought to contribute to the debate on how to strengthen policies for the valuation of memory and social development. The results were gathered in the Declaration of Barranquilla.

The Meeting also marked the commemoration of the Museological Heritage Decade, an initiative by the Ibermuseums Program in honor of the 40th anniversary of the celebration of the Round Table of Santiago de Chile in 1972.

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6th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The 6th Ibermuseums Meeting, held on October 22-24, 2012 in Montevideo (Uruguay), had as its theme Museums: a territory of conflict? The event featured contemporary perspectives on the 40th anniversary of the Round Table of Santiago de Chile, aiming to discuss the principles of that event.

Holding an Ibero-American Meeting on this theme promoted an opportunity for Ibero-American countries to discuss and present their experiences related to this new way of understanding and doing museology.

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of Montevideo.

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5th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The 5th Ibero-American Museum Meeting, held from June 8 to 10, 2012 in Mexico City, had as its theme The preservation of museological heritage, repatriation of goods and international cooperation. The agenda focused on the alignment of public policies on the protection of heritage and the repatriation of museum assets within the framework of Ibero-American cooperation, an issue that has been gaining more and more relevance and priority in international cultural policy agendas.

The meeting was coordinated by the Ibermuseums Program in partnership with Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) and National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), with the support of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and the representation of UNESCO.

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of Mexico City.

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4th Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The 4th Ibero-American Museum Meeting, held from May 24 to 26, 2010 in the city of Toledo (Spain), had as its theme The institutionalization of public policies in the area of museums in Ibero-American countries.

Representatives from 19 countries in the region were able to present their experiences and propose initiatives on the theme of the event. The objective was to continue fostering ties between museum leaders from Ibero-American countries and consolidate common objectives, sharing experiences in the debate on the theme of the Meeting.

The Declaration of Toledo reinforced the commitment of the countries of the Ibero-American community to continue working on strengthening public policies and to cooperate in developing national museum systems. This summary document of the Meeting also paid special attention to at-risk heritage and to communication and social engagement actions by museums, guaranteeing the protection and expression of the Ibero-American cultural diversity.

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of Toledo.

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3rd Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The third edition of the Ibermuseums Meeting, held on September 2-4, 2009 in Santiago de Chile with the theme Museums in a crisis context, was organized by the Ibermuseums Program and Chile’s National Sub-directorate of Museums of the Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM). The event brought together museum representatives from 17 countries of the Ibero-American community, the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI).

Representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay highlighted the importance of defining and creating public policies for museums as factors of cultural and social development, especially in crisis contexts.

The theme was defined to highlight the advances in the area of museology and deepen the reflections and implications derived from the social appropriation of museological collections.

The results and priority targets established are set out in the Declaration of Santiago.

2nd Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The 2nd Ibero-American Museum Meeting was held from July 7 to 11, 2008 in the city of Florianópolis (Brazil). The theme of this meeting was Museums as agents of social change and development, which coincided with the reflections throughout the 2008 Ibero-American Year of Museums.

The event was organized by the Department of Museums and Cultural Centers of Brazil’s National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (DEMU – IPHAN, now known as the Brazilian Institute of Museums), in collaboration with the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and the Brazilian Association of Museology.

The event confirmed the commitment of Ibero-America countries, expressed in the Declaration of the City of Salvador, to collaborate for the definition of public policies for museums in the Ibero-American cultural space through the Ibero-American Museums Network.

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1st Ibero-American Museum Meeting

The signing of the Declaration of Salvador,  during the 1st Ibero-American Museum Meeting, held from June 26 to 28, 2007, marked the beginning of Ibermuseums For the first time, representatives of Ibero-American museums met to exchange experiences and discuss integrated actions for the museum sector.

The results were gathered in the Declaration of Salvador.

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