Introduction: touring exhibitions

Sharing the cost of exhibitions with other museums makes sense but there is an art to creating a successful touring shows

Why tour an exhibition

A well-planned touring exhibition can have many benefits: you can share production costs and risks at the same time as reaching new groups of visitor

Case study: successful tour

A natural history exhibition developed by museums in three countries has been a popular and financial success. One of the partners explains why

Co-producing a touring exhibition

Going it alone when producing a touring exhibition is common, but there are other ways that mean cost, work and success are shared

Case study: co-produced tours

In a model of co-production, 13 museums jointly produced a lively exhibition that ran for six weeks in a series of empty shops

Mobile exhibitions

Putting an exhibition in a van can present serious challenges but it can be an excellent way to reach new groups of people and remote communities

Case study: mobile gallery

The Swedish travelling exhibition service is taking touring exhibitions to a new level, with a new mobile gallery that unfolds

Touring non-museum venues

Libraries, shopping centres and schools are just some of the places that museums are visiting to reach new audiences

Case study: the museum in transit

Setting up shop in a primary school for a week has provided Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery with a new way to reach out to schoolchildren

Designing touring exhibitions

Designing an appealing exhibition that can be dismantled and rebuilt for touring is an extra challenge. Here's what to consider before you begin

Personal view of touring exhibitions

Sarah Champion, chief executive of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester and chairwoman of the Touring Exhibition Group, talks about touring