Sydney has a diverse and well-developed museum culture, which provides a context for the course, training opportunities for students through the internship program and case studies for best practice.

AAM: American Association of Museums

The Association provides advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance for the US:

CHIN: Canadian Heritage Information Network

Links to a wealth of information on museums of international interest as well as Canadian.

EMII: European Museums' Information Institute

The Institute aims to facilitate online access to the cultural heritage of Europe's museums and create partnerships between museums.

ICOM: International Council of Museums

ICOM is dedicated to the development of museums and the museum profession, and operates globally for the preservation of cultural heritage. The site contains press releases, definitions, a code of ethics, activity reports and lists of publications.

ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites

An organisation for the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. Australia has a national committee.

IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Studies

This agency was formed in response to 1996 US legislation. Publications and reports produced by them are available on the Web.

Museums and Galleries NSW

The mgf works to improve standards, foster self-development and strengthen support for museums and galleries in NSW. It is an independent organisation, largely funded by the NSW Ministry for the Arts, with additional funding from the Australia Council, and project grants.

Museums Australia

The national association representing the museum and gallery sector. The website contains links to international associations and major museums.


The National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) is the AAM's Standing Professional Committee on Exhibition. It aims "to foster excellence in museum exhibition and to aid in the professional enrichment and advancement of all those involved in the exhibition process.".

SCEMS: Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies

This site serves as a gateway to the Institution's education resources and aims to promote the understanding and use of museums through research, publishing, and staff development programs.

Museums Association

Based in the USA, the Museums Association is a membership organisation for everyone working in museums, galleries and heritage.


UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.