Barbara Hilden

Director, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Areas of interest

The participatory museum, visitor-centred learning, decolonising and indigenising the museum, co-curation, storytelling, multi-sensory engagement


  • BA (combined honours: Anthropology & Cultural Studies), University of Alberta
  • MA, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta


Barbara Hilden has lived, worked, and studied in five countries on four continents. She trained at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC) and the V&A Museum (London). She is most interested in centering the visitor at the heart of the museum experience, and in finding new ways to connect diverse audiences with complex topics.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.