The Museum of Cycladic Art is a dynamic cultural organization in the centre of Athens focused on promoting the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with emphasis on Cycladic art of the 3rd millennium BC. These goals are being fulfilled through the effective maintenance, presentation and continuous enlargement of the collection, the temporary exhibitions, the publication of monographs and catalogues, the educational programmes for children and adults and the participation in international research projects.
Finnish Museums Association´s (Suomen museoliitto) mission is to help museums succeed. FMA in an umbrella organization for museums in Finland with about 200 organizational members. FMA is a private organization but works closely with the state. FMA´s services include communication, lobbying, training and development. FMA is an active partner in many national and international networks. FMA also provides museums and museum audiences many digital tools and platforms and runs the Finnish Museum Card system.
NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations, is an independent network representing the museum community in the member states of the Council of Europe. Together, NEMO’s members speak for more than 30,000 museums in 40 countries across Europe.
The European Museum Academy is an independent, non-profit foundation established in 2009; has a network of both individuals and organizational partners spread all over Europe and active in a variety of areas of museum and heritage sector. As an academy it functions as a think-tank on the practice and future of museums. This is outlined in the European Museum Academy Awards and also in lectures and publications, some European projects, exchanges and teaching. But all in cooperation – connecting. Awards: Luigi Micheletti Award, DASA Award, EMA Prize, Children in Museums Award (with Hands On!), Heritage in Motion Award (games, apps, websites; with Europa Nostra & Europeana), Museums in Short (short films; with MUSIL), Živa Award (an Award of the Forum of Slavic Culture). Executive Master Course in European Museology at IULM University of Milan, Online Master Course in Museology New Media and Museum Communication; and International Summer School of Museology promoted by the Forum of Slavic Cultures.
BAM! Cultural Strategies is an Italian team of professionals that works alongside cultural institutions and projects to build strategic processes. Its ultimate goal is to facilitate cultural access and ensure cultural engagement for an increasingly broad and diverse audience.
BAM! works with museums, festivals, theatres, cultural districts, local organisations, universities, foundations and non-profit entities in Italy and across Europe, assisting them with cultural management, helping them to develop the most effective strategies, focus on objectives, study feasibility and sustainability, monitor results and evaluate the impact of different actions.
MUSIS - The Styrian organisation for museums and collections - is a small but highly active independent regional association working for and with museums of all kinds. Advice and staff training are their core competences. By running a job placement project and European learning projects they strive to support museums in Austria to develop and succeed. MUSIS work closely together with both similar regional and national umbrella institutions in Austria as well with related institutions on international level.
The Estonian National Museum is an ethnography museum, dealing with Estonian and Finno-Ugric people’s everyday life and cultural change, operating in the new museum building from 2016. The most important target for the museum has been to expand its scope in the society by enlarging the participation of different communities and cultural groups in museum’s activities. During the first 3 years after the opening the number of visitors exceeded 700 000. The ENM’s research department carries out museum communication studies, being the primary museological research centre in Estonia.
Institute for Museum Research of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
As a nationwide research institute located in Berlin, the Institute for Museum Research (IfM) focuses primarily on aspects of German and international museum life that are relevant beyond individual collections.
To this end, IfM engages in research together with museums. The Institute initiates research projects together with museums and develops formats for interdisciplinary research in collections and objects. It also has a special expertise in the areas of digitisation, documentation and long-term archiving.
IfM also conducts research on museums. The Institute surveys the annual overall statistics on museums in Germany. Drawing on central museum data it develops further research questions, for example in the field of visitor research. Finally, the Institute carries out projects on the history of museums and issues its own publication series.
The Finnish Heritage Agency (FHA) is a government agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture, responsible for safeguarding historic and archaeological environments, maintaining related archives, and collecting and presenting a national museum collection. It also supports and develops the museum field nationally. Its strategic aims are to ensure that multiform cultural heritage is preserved, and to promote its accessibility and open use.
Safnaráð / The Museum Council of Iceland is an administrative committee for the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The council deals with various tasks regarding cultural, art, and natural history museums in accordance with the Icelandic Museum Act.
The Icelandic Museum Fund, to which accredited museums can apply, is managed by the council. In 2020 the fund has allocated 1.131.098 € in support for 124 projects.
The Museum Council assesses applications from museums that seek accreditation. The council also supervises and monitors the accredited museums’ activities, both operationally and professionally. As of now, there are 46 accredited museums in Iceland, visited by 1.150.000 guests in 2018. The museum landscape in Iceland is diverse; there are 10 art museums, 4 natural history museums, 27 history museums and 4 museums which are interdisciplinary. Additionally, there are 5 governmentally owned museums, including 3 central museums. The council, in collaboration with the central museums, is responsible for writing the strategic direction regarding the work of museums.
Directorate of Archaeological Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes (DAMEEP)
The Directorate of Archaeological Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes (DAMEEP) of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports is responsible for overseeing and coordinating activities in all archaeological museums which constitute the largest museum category with over 200 museums across the country. Issues related to the establishment and operation of archaeological museums, ranging from their accreditation to the safekeeping and management of their collections, the coordination of their communication policy through exhibitions, learning activities and public programmes and the promotion of European and international cooperation, including through temporary exhibitions and the participation in networks (e.g. NEMO) and projects, are key aspects of their work.