As part of our commitment to building networks and sharing experiences in the Irish museum sector, we organise visits to museums on a regular basis and focus on those with lesser-known collections, those that have undergone recent development, or have temporary exhibitions of interest. These museum visits are free events and IMA members are welcome to bring a guest. In 2013 and 2014 our programe saw trips to the Jewish Museum, Rothe House and Gardens, Military Archives Visitor Centre, National Maritime Museum, Oratory of the Sacred Heart An Post Museum, Irish Heritage Trust, Henrietta Street and Iveagh Trust Museum Flat, Dublin Castle State Apartments, St Patricks Cathedral, March's Library, Chester Beatty, Castletown House and Gardens, Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio and a private collection to view 'Curating on a budget'.
The IMA also undertakes a Field Trip to visit museums and historic houses countrywide each spring/summer. The Field Trip is a great opportunity to view collections, projects and new innovations in museums throughout the country. In 2012, the Field Trip visited the Waterford Treasures development; in 2013, the new Carlow Cultural Quarter; in 2014, Athlone Art and Tourism Ltd (established 2011); and in 2015, Cavan and the WWI Trench Experience at Cavan County Museum.