The Swiss Museums Association was founded in 1966 as a merger of the museums of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. In 1996, together with the Federal Office for Culture and Swiss Tourism, it initiated the Swiss museum pass. The Swiss Museums Association is a partner of ICOM Switzerland, the Swiss national committee of the International Council of Museums.
Ensuring the quality of the museum sector
As an umbrella association, one of our main objectives is to promote the quality of museum work and to anchor the ICOM code of ethics in museums. Each year we also publish two "Norms and Standards" publications on specific topics of museum work, for which we offer in-depth workshops.
Promoting exchange throughout Switzerland
In collaboration with ICOM Switzerland, we organize an annual congress for museum professionals. The annual congress offers opportunities for further education and exchange. Together we publish the Swiss Museum Magazine twice a year. This members' magazine reports on the concerns of the museums and the two associations and addresses current issues in cultural policy.
Creating favourable conditions
We represent the interests of the museum sector at various levels. Together with our partner organizations, we engage at the political level, work closely with the authorities and actively participate in consultations on cultural policy issues.
Increasing the visibility of the museum sector
We are actively engaged in public relations work to position museums as attractive and central cultural actors in society. To this end, we are in close contact with the cantonal and regional museum associations as well as with the various professional associations.