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Join the independent professional association for Aotearoa’s museum sector. Get exclusive access to networking opportunities, services and resources to enhance your career and benefit your workplace.
Museums Aotearoa membership
Museums Aotearoa (MA) is almost entirely funded by members' fees, which means we work exclusively for our members. We welcome museums and individuals who subscribe to, and act in accordance with, our Code of Ethics.
We define ‘museum’ as an organisation primarily engaged in collecting, caring for, developing, exhibiting or interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. The term includes marae and exhibition galleries, or centres maintained on an on-going basis by other organisations.
There are three types of Museums Aotearoa membership:
- Museum (museums, galleries, whare taonga and other similar organisations)
- Individual (people who work in, or have an interest in, the organisations above)
- Associate (service providers and patrons to the museums sector)
These members can vote at meetings run by Museums Aotearoa or on issues requiring a vote by members.
Individuals who work for institutions with an active ‘museum’ membership are automatically individual members but without voting rights. Other than the benefits you get through your museum, this is primarily an electronic membership.
If you are with an organisation that can’t subscribe to the Code of Ethics you can become an Individual Member of Museums Aotearoa if you personally agree to subscribe to the Code of Ethics.
View the Museums Aotearoa Constitution (including around voting)
Fees and membership term
Fees are calculated based on the annual expenditure of the organisation or the type of membership benefits being sought. Membership is annual (January-December) and non-refundable unless cancelled within 30 days of subscribing.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, annual fees for 2021 will be waived for members suffering reduced budgets. For the remainder of 2020, unpaid or new membership fees may be waived on a case by case basis. Please contact us to discuss.
Our members get exclusive access to networking opportunities, services and resources that enhance their careers and benefit their workplaces.
Being an active member of Museums Aotearoa connects you to a network of like-minded people and peer organisations. It also demonstrates your support for our museum and gallery sector, its ethics and principles.
We keep members up to date with the latest news and developments from across the museum community of Aotearoa. We also provide a number of special benefits and discounts.
For specific benefits see each of the pages below.
Apply or renew now
Details of specific benefits and application forms can be found on the membership pages below.
Museums Aotearoa members
We have over 1500 individual, associate and museum / gallery members across Aotearoa New Zealand.