Founded on 7 September 2006 in Lausanne under the leadership of IOC Presidents Rogge and Samaranch and at the initiative of The Olympic Museum, the Olympic Museums Network (OMN) was established with 11 founding members, with the aim of finding ways of working together on useful synergies and joint projects to develop in order to improve quality and to share costs.
The idea is not to take the place of existing associations such as the ICOM (International Council of Museums), but rather to make a group of institutions with the same subject matter, the ultimate goal being to grow together and get united where possible in order to be stronger and more efficient, to create a unique platform for the global Olympic Movement.
Over the past 7 years, the network has helped in the acquisition market and in dealing with collections, exchanges, co-productions, educational programmes, publications and programmes for business development and attracts more than one million visitors a year, figure which could rise significantly however with big projects for new Olympic Museums and the potential creation of a “global platform” to reach not only physical visitors but also virtual visitors.
The Olympic Museums Network’s main objective is to increase the promotion of the values of Sport and the Olympism by:
|1.||Sharing information and best practices|
|2.||Encouraging cooperation on common issues encountered by the members|
|3.||Working on common projects, in particular in relation to exhibitions, educational programmes, events, collections management, communication and commercial development|
|4.||Finding ways to work in common in order to improve the efficiency and achieve economies of scales to the benefit of the members of the network|
Members of The Olympic Museums Network:
General conditions to become a member of the Olympic Museums Network :
|1.||Compliance with ICOM / ACOM regulations and code of ethics|
|3.||The Museum must be open to the public and operational|
|4.||25 % of the Museum must be dedicated to the Olympic Movement|