Collection Mobility

Museums have a long tradition of sharing the cultural heritage in their custody with other museums and institutions. To lend objects to other museums is considered one of their most important tasks. Through the mobility of collections people can become acquainted with, appreciate, enjoy and understand their own and other cultures, thus enabling them to pass on this heritage to future generations.

Since 2004, EU Presidencies have been focusing on the topic of Collection Mobility. Since 2008, the Open Method of Coordination groups (OMC groups), established by the EU, have been continuously working on topics concerning collection mobility on the European level.

In this context, NEMO has developed European guidelines to increase the mobility of collections through the development of a standardised loan agreement that can be used by all kinds of museums in Europe.  

Updated information on the topic, including materials and legislation on different aspects of the mobility of collections is available at

To access publications and other documents that regard Collection Mobility, head to the Reading Corner

Recent News in Collection Mobility

Danish Museums Association publishes Policy Statements for Danish museums in English News, Collection Mobility, Learning, Cultural Tourism, Museums as Social Agents, Museum Management

12.02.2015 | The Danish Museums Association (ODM) put together policy statements to trace various challenges museums in Denmark should address in the near future and translated the outcome into English.
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Checklist for Museum Collections Management Policy published in English News, Collection Mobility, Museum Management

01.12.2014 | The Finnish Museums Association has published the English version of the Checklist for Museum Collections Management Policy.
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Air-transportation of cultural objects: European regulation nº 185/10 News, Collection Mobility, EU Culture Policy, NEMO activities

02.10.2013 | The Commission Regulation (EU) no 185/2010 of 4 March 2010 laying down detailed measures for the implementation of the common basic standards on aviation security is an European law which is mandatory for each Member State
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