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

UNESCO Draft Recommendation to be discussed in November News, Collection Mobility, Museums as Social Agents

04.09.2015 | The UNESCO draft of the "Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections" that was revised at the end of May will be discussed at the 38th General Conference on 18 November 2015. Fionnuala Croke, the...
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Questionnaire on Sustainability of Heritage Resources News, Museums in a Digital World, Museums as Social Agents, Collection Mobility

03.08.2015 | Researchers from the Complutense University, Madrid are currently conducting a study focused on the sustainability of heritage resources.
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All Swiss Museums any time at a glance News, News from Our Members, Museums in a Digital World, Collection Mobility

29.07.2015 | The Swiss Museums Association developed a new app that enables anybody to sightsee Swiss museums at any time.
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