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

Artworks on Loan – the Secrets of Shipping Priceless Art    News | Collection Mobility | Museum Management

 |  Art travels more than ever. Get insights into the growing business, loan agreements, couriers, insurances and nerve-wracking unpacking in an article by the Guardian.
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Access Presentations and Videos from the Expert Meeting “Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Participation” Online    News | Collection Mobility | Learning | Collaboration | Advocacy | Museum Management | Museums as Social Agents | NEMO activities

 |  The NEMO partner Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project, IMP, has released presentations, reports and videos from its conference and expert meeting on its website. The two-day meeting took place from 27-28 February 2018...
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Call for Tenders: New Creative Europe Initiative Launched for the Mobility of Artists and Culture Professionals    News | Projects & Calls | Collection Mobility

 |  On 31 May, the call for tenders "Mobility scheme for artists and/or culture professionals" was launched. It aims to define and test a cross-border mobility scheme tailored for artists and culture professionals.
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