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Museum Contacts

This page provides links to on-line resources relevant to museum professionals. Please contact Jonathan Bowen if you know of relevant on-line information not included here.

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This page includes a collection of contact addresses connected with museums, galleries and archives.

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Online information

Museums Associations

* Discussion groups for museums

There is a MUSEUM-L museum discussion list. Email listserv@home.ease.lsoft.com with a message as follows to join the list:
subscribe Museum-L Your name or institution

This list is gatewayed to one of the on-line newsgroups, bit.listserv.museum-l (also via Google), available at many news sites. Search for Museum-l newsgroup articles from Google.

There is a CIDOC-L email list for discussion on museum documentation. Email listserv@nrm.se with a message as follows to subscribe to the list:

subscribe CIDOC-L Your_first_name  Your_last_name

CIDOC members (only) may also join the CIDOC-NET list for discussion of Internet issues by substituting CIDOC-NET for CIDOC-L in the message above.

Additionally, there is an ICOM-Announce email list for announcements concerning ICOM. Email listserv@doc.nrm.se with a message as follows to join this list:

subscribe ICOM-Announce Your_first_name  Your_last_name

The newsgroup rec.arts.misc (also via Google) might be another forum for discussion on some aspects of museums.

The newsgroup uk.culture.museums (also via Google) (formed in November 1998) discusses UK museums.

Search for * museum-related articles in Google groups.

See H-MUSEUM, the H-Net Network for museum professionals (ISSN 1618-0534).

* Discussion forums including VLmp discussions from Museophile.

Search for * museum-related ListServ mailing lists from L-Soft.

See also the excellent * discussion lists, distribution lists and forums page from ICOM.


* International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Information also available in French.
See 1946-1996 ICOM chronology.

Main address (ICOM headquarters):

Maison de l'UNESCO 1, rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS Cedex 15, France
Tel: +33 1 47 34 05 00
Fax: +33 1 43 06 78 62

International Documentation Committee (CIDOC):

Andrew Roberts (CIDOC Chair)
53 Shelford Road, Cambridge CB2 2LZ, UK
Tel: +44-1223-841181
Fax: +44-1223-842136
Email: 73064.1142@compuserve.com

The following are available on-line:

Musedoma, founded by ICOM and the J. Paul Getty Trust to oversee the .museum top-level domain name. See list of second-level domain names and a Google search for .museum websites. Note: Inclusion in the Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp) does not confer an automatic right to granting of a .museum domain name.

! See also International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM).

French Ministry of Culture

Databases of the Direction des musies de France:
Laurent Manoeuvre
6 rue de Pyramides, 75001 PARIS, France
Tel: +33 1 40 15 35 37
Fax: +33 1 40 15 35 30
Email: manoeuvre@culture.fr
Network of the French Ministry of Culture:
Dipartement de l'organisation et des systhmes d'information
Fort de St Cyr, 78182 St Quentin en Yvelines CEDEX, France
Tel: +33 1 30 85 68 18
Fax: +33 1 30 85 68 68
Email: mannoni@culture.fr

Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

Canadian Heritage Information Network, 15 Eddy Street, (15-4-A), Hull, Quebec, CANADA K1A 0M5
Tel: +1-819-994-1200 / 1-800-520-2446 (Canada and USA)
Fax: +1-819-994-9555
Email: service@chin.gc.ca

An agency of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

See Guide to Canadian Museums and Heritage Forum for discussion.

American Association of Museums (AAM)


Museum Computer Network (MCN)

Information about MCN is available through the Membership Services Office:
MCN, 65 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Tel: +1-877-626-3800 ext 215
Fax: +1-949-330-7621
Email: fred.droz@mcn.edu

See also the American Association of Museums.

The Museums Association, UK

The Museums Association publishes the Museums Journal and the journal Museum Practice.
The Museums Association
42 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0PA, UK
Tel: +44-20-7608-2933
Fax: +44-20-7250-1929
Email: info@museumsassociation.org

See related museum organizations list and electronic gateway to UK museums by region.

10% discount if you join through the Internet!

Resource: The Council for Museums, Archive and Libraries, UK

(Replaced the Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC) in 2000.)
16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1 9AA, UK
Tel: +44-20-7273-1444
Fax: +44-20-7273-1404
Email: info@resource.gov.uk

See also * Cornucopia (UK collections information) and links to Area Museum Councils.

* Museum Documentation Association (MDA)

Museum Documentation Association
Lincoln House, 347 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB11 4DH, UK
Tel: +44-1223-242848
Fax: +44-1223-213575
Email: mda@mda.org.uk

See UK museums email directory and wordHOARD guide to terminology resources relevant to museums.

See also:

Museums Computer Group (MCG)

See also the JISCmail Museums Computer Group discussion list.

Smithsonian Institution

The following professional resources are available on-line:

See also: See further ! museum organizations listed by Yahoo.

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