ICOM membership is open to museums and galleries, their staff and volunteers, museum sector providers, museum retirees and post-graduate students undertaking museum related study.
Individuals and organisations who deal in cultural or heritage objects for profit are not eligible for membership.
Three reasons to join (561kB)
Code of ethics
Members of ICOM undertake to abide by the ICOM Code of ethics for museums . This code is a cornerstone of ICOM. It sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff.
Museum - for the purposes of membership, a museum is defined as a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.
Museum professionals - for the purposes of membership museum professionals include all staff of the museums and institutions qualifying as museums in accordance with the definition above and persons who, in a professional capacity, have as their main activity to provide services, knowledge and expertise for museums and the museum community.
Membership is open to museums, institutions recognised by ICOM and museum professionals.
All candidates eligible for membership must agree to accept and adhere to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums . This is done through the membership application process.
ICOM membership is not available to any person or institution (including its employees) that trades (i.e. buys or sells for profit) cultural property - including works of art and natural and scientific specimens - taking national laws and international conventions into consideration. Likewise, persons or institutions engaged in an activity that conflicts with ICOM´s ethical standards are not eligible for membership.
Individual members - museum professionals, still working or retired
Membership rates (2017)
Membership is for a calendar year commencing 1 Jan.
GST does not apply.
Discount for Museums Galleries Australia members
Payments are only acceptable in Australian Dollars.
Please keep in mind that:
International committees and affiliated organisations
Members of ICOM are eligible to apply for a range of international committees and affiliated organisations.
On-line applications are processed through the Museums Galleries Australia website: Apply on-line here
Manual applications for new memberships can be made by completing and sending one of the appropriate forms below. For assistance contact the ICOM Secretariat in the Museums Galleries Australia National Office:
p: (02) 6230 0346 or (02) 6230 0349