The 100th anniversary of the Clemens-Sels-Museum Neuss was an occasion to look back and remember its history rich in tradition. However, round birthdays also provide an opportunity to look to the future and ask how things might continue. Against this background, the museum, together with Sparkasse Neuss, initiated the school competition "Our Museum of the Future," which was a platform for the opinions of young people. They are the future shapers of our culture and our society. By taking part in this project, they already had the opportunity to actively participate in the discussion about the future shape of the museum as an institution.
First, the participants explored the museum and its tasks, and then described what their "museum of the future" should look like. Important questions arose: What will be collected in the future? How do they envision the architecture? What opportunities should a museum offer to discover the collections and the various topics in an exciting and insightful way? At the jury meeting on November 12, 2012, the ideas submitted were evaluated by Marita Koblenz-Lüschow (school councilor of the Rhine district of Neuss), Raimund Franzen (Sparkasse Neuss), Klaus Richter (head of the fine arts department at the Alte Post) and museum director Dr. Uta Husmeier-Schirlitz.
Following the opening of the presentation of all submitted works on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., the competition works were awarded prizes.
On January 24, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., the museum hosted a New Year's reception for all schools in Neuss for the first time. Above all, the students of the winning entries were given the opportunity to present their work once again to a larger audience. During a drink for students, teachers and parents, the ideas could be discussed further.