New Project for 2016: @52Museums Instagram & Twitter #52Museums

UPDATE: @52Museums is fully booked for 2016 but there is a waiting list and planning 2017 already.   Also, if you’re a museum on Instagram, please add yourself to the Museums on Instagram List.


A few weeks ago I was on Instagram and noticed how my friend Chris Webb’s project 52Quilters was still going strong and growing. The object is simple: once a week someone takes over the Instagram, Twitter and Blog account and shares their experience on being a quilter.

I went to sleep and woke up at 5am with one of those moments – this could work for museums. By 9am @52Museums was happening. Well I say happening, the accounts were created and a Google Form for sign up was made. There has been a few mistakes made along the way (like I should have created a form that only allowed one week to be chosen or any week as it turned into a logistic nightmare) but thankfully, museums are brilliant at adapting to changes (no seriously!!).

The final schedule still isn’t final as over 80 museums have signed up. Museums are collaborating with other museums either via similar collections, cities or a fun challenge.

This project is all about museum(s) sharing anything they want for the week on Instagram. Every museum that signed up is going to help engage with the account for the year – so local museums will get the same support as the nationals.

Feel free to get involved, either with questions, likes, favorites or discussions.

Who to Follow for #52Museums

Instagram Takeover Date Museum Name Instagram Account Museum Type Country
04/01/16-10/01/16 The Getty @TheGetty Art USA
11/01/16-17/01/16 Massaciuccoli romana/Corinium Museum @MassaciuccoliRomana / @coriniummuseum Archaeological /Archaeology Italy / UK
18/01/16-24/01/16 State Historical Museum / Saint Basils Cathedral @state_historical_museum /@saint_basils_cathedral Russian Museums Russia
25/01/16-31/01/16 Bruce Museum @brucemuseum art and science USA

01/02/16-07/02/16 Nordiska museet nordiskamuseet Museum of cultural history Sweden
08/02/16-14/02/16 Leeds Museums and Galleries @Leedsmuseumsandgalleries City museums – 9 sites UK
15/02/16-21/02/16 Science Museum @ScienceMuseum Science Museum UK
22/02/16-28/02/16 Leopold Museum /Jewish Museum Vienna /Q21 leopold_museum / jewishmuseumvienna / Q21_Vienna Art culture and history museum Austria

29/02/16-06/03/16 Natural History Museum @natural_history_museum Natural History UK
07/03/16-13/03/16 Wellcome Collection / Morbid Anatomy @wellcomecollection / @morbidanatomy Medicine Art Science UK / USA
14/03/16-20/03/16 Albright-Knox Art Gallery @albrightknox Art Museum USA
21/03/16-27/03/16 National Museum of Women in the Arts @womeninthearts Art USA


28/03/16-03/04/16 DDR Museum @ddrmuseum Historical Museum Germany
04/04/16-10/04/16 Royal Ontario Museum @romtoronto EVERYTHING (World Cultures/Natural History) Canada
11/04/16-17/04/16 musée du quai Branly @quaibranly Ethnographic collections but with an artistic approach France
18/04/16-24/04/16 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery @birmingham_mag Museum and Art Gallery UK


25/04/16-01/05/16 University of Reading Museums and Collections @unirdg_collections University museums (Museum of English Rural Life / Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology / Cole Museum of Zoology / Special Collections UK
02/05/16-08/05/16 Hamburger Kunsthalle @hamburger.kunsthalle art museum Germany
09/05/16-15/05/16 Grand Palais @le_grand_palais Gallery France
16/05/16-22/05/16 LACMA /SFMOMA @lacma / @SFMOMA Art /Design /Architecture modern art museum USA
23/05/16-29/05/16 The Getty Museum @gettymuseum LA USA

30/05/16-05/06/16 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis @childrensmuseum Children's museum USA
06/06/16-12/06/16 Barbican Centre @barbicancentre Multi-arts Centre UK
13/06/16-19/06/16 Hammer Museum @Hammer_Museum Art USA
20/06/16-26/06/16 Nova Scotia Museum @novascotiamuseum Family of 28 provincial museums Canada


27/06/16-03/07/16 Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum @auschwitzmemorial Former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau site Poland
04/07/16-10/07/16 Sir John Soane's Museum @soanemuseum Historic House UK
11/07/16-17/07/16 The Andy Warhol Museum & Carnegie Museum of Art & Carngerie Museum of Natural History & Carnegie Science Center NA @thecmoa @carnegiemnh @carnegiescictr Art USA
18/07/16-24/07/16 Kunstmuseum Bonn @kunstmuseum_bonn Art Germany
25/07/16-31/07/16 The Infirmary Museum / Surgeon Museum / Medical Museion @infirmaryworc / @surgeonshall/@medicalmuseion Medical museum UK UK Denmark


01/08/16-07/08/16 Toledo Museum of Art @toledomuseum Art USA
08/08/16-14/08/16 Marta Herford @martaherford contemporary Art/Design Germany
15/08/16-21/08/16 Horniman Museum and Gardens @hornimanmuseumgardens Natural history anthropology music UK
22/08/16-28/08/16 Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden @hirshhorn modern and contemporary art USA

29/08/16-04/09/16 Museo della Ceramica di Savona /Museu del Disseny de Barcelona @museoceramicasavona @museudeldisseny ceramics art /ceramica artistica Italy / Spain
05/09/16-11/09/16 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg Design / Arts and Crafts Germany
12/09/16-18/09/16 The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia @Fralinmuseumuva University museum USA
19/09/16-25/09/16 Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives @visitpama History & art Canada

26/09/16-02/10/16 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago /Museos de Arte: MBA-MAC @mcachicago museosdearte  Contemporary Art /Arte Contemporáneo USA/ Argentina
03/10/16-09/10/16 National Museum of Australia @natmusaus Social history Australia
10/10/16-16/10/16 Ashmolean Museum @ashmoleanmuseum Art & Archaeology UK
17/10/16-23/10/16 The Library of Virginia /Minnesota Historical Society @LibraryofVA / @minnesotahistoricalsociety State library and archives /History – 26 historic sites around MN USA
24/10/16-30/10/16 Fulham Palace @fulhampalace Historic home of the Bishops of London UK


31/10/16-06/11/16 SFO Museum @SFOMuseum General USA
07/11/16-13/11/16 Jeu de Paume @jeudepaumeparis Contemporary Art / photography France
14/11/16-20/11/16 Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation @SciTechCollection @AgFoodMuseum @AvSpaceMuseum @SciTechMuseum Science Canada
21/11/16-27/11/16 Bata Shoe Museum @batashoemuseum ethnographic/ historical Canada


28/11/16-04/12/16 Canadian Museum for Human Rights / Musée canadian pour les droits de la personne @cmhr_mcdp Human Rights & History Canada
05/12/16-11/12/16 Stratford Hall @stratfordhall Historic House Museum USA
12/12/16-18/12/16 Fondation Beyeler @fondationbeyeler Modern and Contemporary Art Switzerland
19/12/16-25/12/16 Snite Museum of Art @snitemuseum University Museum USA
26/12/16-01/01/17 Nationalmuseum Sweden @nationalmuseumswe Art and design Sweden



As you can see – many chances to get involved and have fun over the year. We hope everyone follows @52Museums on Instagram and Twitter and finds a new way to engage with museums world wide.


  1. Hi

    We would love to be part of #52Museums. The Fitzwilliam Museum is the main art gallery and museum for the University of Cambridge in the UK, but we are also part of a consortium called the University of Cambridge Museums. All the Museums are funded by the University but the UCM consortium is also funded as a Major Partner Museum by Arts Council England.

    Our Instagram account shows behind the scenes pictures captured by two of our collections colleagues, and our Twitter feed is administered by the Press and Marketing team. I am Head of Comms and Engagement. Are we too late to join this party?

    Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2016 – the Fitzwilliam’s Bicentenary year

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  5. Utesh Dungerwal

    Please furnish below queries-

    1. How a museum can be registered or become a part of this?
    2. what will be the whole procedure for this?
    3. what are the benefits to get registered?
    4. Please brief in detail the concept of
    @52 museum.

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