Wellbeing at the Museum Starts with Us

Dorothée King
10 min readFeb 2, 2022

I am convinced, that well-being at a museum has to start with the well-being of the people working for the museum. The people who are the core of the museum. If we are not feeling well, how are we supposed to make others feel well? “Happy mom, happy kids.” Shall be translated to “Happy Museum teams, happy visitors.”

Talk held at the MuseumNext: MUSEUMS, HEALTH & WELLBEING SUMMIT, 31 January — 2 February 2022

Sky over Manhattan, Dorothée King, 2007

I am convinced, that well-being at a museum has to start with the well-being of the people working for the museum. The people who are the core of the museum. If we are not feeling well, how are we supposed to make others feel well? “Happy mom, happy kids.” Shall be translated to “Happy Museum teams, happy visitors.”

I promote the idea to define museums as workspaces, where each and every individual should feel seen, valued, and supported in their own organization, where each and every individual with their characteristics, talents, and goals can show themselves and contribute. I promote the museum as a space for fulfillment at the workplace. That demands radical honesty: Am I doing what makes me flow? Am I working

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