About Us

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The Irish Museums Association is a voluntary, not for profit association, founded in 1977. It is dedicated to promoting the interests of museums and the Irish museums community (those who work and are interested in museums) throughout Ireland, north and south of the border.

The IMA aims to:

  • Promote professional practice in museum management, collections care and visitor services
  • Provide a platform for anyone interested in Irish museums to provoke debate on museum ideas
  • In co-operation with other professional bodies and central and local government, to achieve a sustainable level of museum provision and operation in Ireland


The IMA organises events each year including the Annual Conference, Forums on Education & Outreach and Collections, Lectures, Museum Visits and Field Trip. The Association also organises core professional training under its Museum Basics programme designed in association with The Heritage Council's Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. The journal Museum Ireland is published annually and contains information, review articles and critical discussion pieces, while a monthly e-newsletter is distributed to subscribers with details of current developments and events in the Irish museum world.

The Association is managed as a limited company with its registered office located at Ground Floor, St. Stephen's Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. It is headed by a Board of Directors, made up of experienced museum professionals, who seek to identify and address issues facing the museum sector. The Association has a full-time Director of Operations, and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.

IMA Registered Office: Ground Floor, St. Stephen's Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Company Number 387027

Click here to email the IMA office.