Biennale’s comprehensive educational program took its start in December 2013. Lectorium of the Hermitage General Staff Building hosted lectures by the world-famous museum designer, creator of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Ralph Appelbaum (US); graphic designer, designer of exhibitions for the V&A and creator of popular typefaces Jonathan Barnbrook (UK); museum designer and architect Arne Kvorning (Denmark), who did projects for museums in 40 countries; an expert in museum lighting, Stephen Cannon-Brooks (UK), who designed lighting for the Hermitage and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; conservation architect and expert in museum restoration Abha Lambah (India), whose firm has won 8 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards.
Students and young designers will have a chance to attend master-classes. Special training course is designed for young Russian journalists, who write about museums and exhibitions. Department of Arts at the St. Petersburg State University also runs a special course on museum design.