Become a member

Joining ICOM is a commitment to be part of the international museum community. ICOM membership is open to museums and galleries, their staff and volunteers, museum sector providers, museum retirees and students enrolled in related university courses. Membership is from 1 January to 31 December, with renewals open from October in the year prior.

ICOM membership requires you agree to the ICOM Code of Ethics. Take a few minutes to read this before you submit your application.

ICOM membership requires payment of a fee, and then an annual fee to renew your membership. Membership rates are outlined here.

  • 2023 membership applications are now closed.
  • 2024 memberships and renewals will open 1 October 2023 (note that stickers for 2024 have not yet arrived and membership cards take around 4-6 weeks delivery from Paris).
  • 2024 memberships are valid from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.
  • ICOM Australia is closed during Christmas/new year period. All members are advised to renew no later than 12 December 2023.
  • New members can join for 2024 until 1 September.
  • See our FAQs for more information.

All new memberships are entered using the on-line application form.

online aplication form


Individual membership benefits include:

  • professional meetings and information exchange, access to 30 international committees
  • free or discounted museum entry with your ICOM card worldwide at member museums
  • ICOM international magazine, policy documents and museums standards which will inform and enhance your career.
  • quarterly newsletter
  • reciprocal benefits with Australian Museums and Galleries Association (including a 5% discount for AMaGA members)

Institutional membership

  • all of the individual membership benefits
  • provision of three (3) and up to seven (7) ICOM cards depending on the level of membership
  • grants personnel free entry to member museums internationally
  • permits registration for three (3) and up to seven (7) individuals at relevant ICOM conferences and events

ICOM’s institutional members may be requested to show proof of their employment, such as a staff pass or official letter with the institutional member for entry to some museums.

Student membership

Students of museum and gallery, curatorial, conservation and heritage studies programs in Australian Universities who are studying or researching full time are eligible to join.

Part-time and casual Australian University students who work in a museum, gallery or other community-based organisation may also be eligible for student membership.

Please include proof of your enrolment with your online application by attaching a scan of your enrolment or student card.

Student members receive a card and have access to all the individual benefits except voting rights.

Retiree membership

If you worked in a museum or gallery for most of your career, or within the last few years of your working life, or if you are a regular volunteer in the  museum and gallery sector and a retiree you may be eligible to join ICOM.

Apply on-line using this link   online application form  

Retiree members receive a card and have access to all the individual benefits including voting rights.

Email the Membership Secretary to explain your situation