Full Member Benefits – ICOMOS card

Free entry to heritage sites with ICOMOS International Card

Below is a list, submitted by members of US/ICOMOS, Australia ICOMOS and other ICOMOS National Committees, of sites and museums that rewarded the ICOMOS card holder with free or discounted entry.

Australia ICOMOS collects membership fees in June each year and submits its list of full international Members to the ICOMOS Secretariat in Paris, where the cards are printed. The ICOMOS card is then distributed to Australia ICOMOS members. The cards are valid for the entire calendar year. A portion of the International membership dues are forwarded to the ICOMOS Secretariat to support their efforts.

Please note that, while Australia ICOMOS cannot guarantee these sites/museums will honour the card, our members have reported success gaining entry with the card in the past. We would ask you to contact the Secretariat with any additions to or comments on this list.

AUSTRALIA

  • NSW Historic Houses Trust (all properties)
  • Click here for more sites and places in Australia that reward the ICOMOS card

ASIA

China

  • X’ian (all cultural sites, although possibly not at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses)

India

  • Vijayanagara (Hampi) World Heritage archaeological site, Karnataka

Japan

  • Most national museums and some World Heritage sites (reported by ICOMOS Japan), though others report that acceptance of the card is low

Singapore

  • National Museum of Singapore

NORTH AMERICA

United States

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
    (October 2013 update – the Museum of Modern Art, New York no longer accepts the ICOMOS card)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • The Cloisters Museum, New York (annexed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY)
  • ‘Montecello’ – Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Historic New Harmony, Indiana
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • The International Center of Photography, New York (International Center of Photography website)

EUROPE

NB: Most East European countries recognize the ICOMOS card as an entitlement to at least a discounted entry to cultural sites and venues. Elsewhere it can be hit and miss, but always worth a try.

Austria

  • Stefansdom, Vienna
  • Albertina Museum, Vienna
  • Lichtenstein Palace Museum, Vienna
  • Belvedere Museum, Vienna
  • (Not – Fortress, Salzburg)

Belgium

  • Most historic places recognize the card

Czech Republic

  • National Gallery, Prague
  • Prague Castle, Prague
  • Spanish Synagogue (part of Prague Jewish Museum), Prague

Denmark

  • Free entry to most World Heritage places

Finland

  • Numerous general museums and cultural heritage sites (reported by ICOMOS Finland)

France

  • Free entry to all national museums/galleries (Musées Nationaux du Ministère de la Culture), including the Musée D’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Château de Blois, Château de Chambord, Palais de Versailles, and Palais de Fontainebleau and all departmental and city museums. (It also gets free entry to the temporary / blockbuster exhibitions in these institutions.)
  • An ICOMOS member can go straight through entries reserved for ticket holders without lining up (e.g. in the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, etc and for the blockbusters).
  • In cases where staff do not recognize the card explain that ICOMOS is affiliated with ICOM and that there is an arrangement for the same concessions as ICOM members.
  • There is also very frequent acceptance of the card at almost all historic monuments and cultural institutions, including in Paris.

Germany

  • Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin
  • Potsdam World Heritage Site, including Sanssouci park, Neuer Garten, Babelsberg and Glienicke with their palaces, Berlin-Brandenenburg
  • Pillnitz Palace, Dresden
  • Deutsches Museum Munchen, Munich

Greece

  • National Archaeological Museum, Athens and archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, Ancient Corinth, and Epidauros
  • All cultural sites in Athens

Holland

  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Museum Het Schip (Amsterdam School)
  • Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Hungary

  • St. Mathias Cathedral, Budapest
  • Kunsthalle, Budapest

Ireland

  • Reduced entry at sites managed by the Office of Public Works

Italy

  • Most cultural sites in Rome
  • Majority of sites run by the Italian Ministry of Culture, including national galleries and museums
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • Colosseum & Forum, Rome
  • Castellvechio Museo, Verona
  • Teatro Olimpico (Palladio 1588), Vicenza
  • Pitti Palace, Firenze (Florence)
  • Museo Civico (in Palazzo Publico), Siena
  • Vatican Museo (inc. Sistine Chapel), Rome
  • San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (Borromini 1657), Rome (reduced entry fee)
  • Galleria Borghese, Rome (reduced entry fee)
  • Galleria Nazionale de Moderna, Rome
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
  • Centrale Montemartini (Rome Capitoline Museums satellite site), Rome
  • Palazzo Grassi & Punta della Dogana, Venice (reduced price entry)

United Kingdom

  • Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London
  • Imperial War Museum (all sites – Duxford, HMAS Belfast, Cabinet War Rooms, IWM London, IWM North)
  • National galleries and museums, including special exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art and the British Museum
  • Some sites managed by English Heritage
  • (Not – Historic Scotland properties)

Poland

  • The Royal Palace, Warsaw
  • Most heritage places and museums

Portugal

  • The Castelo Sao Jorge, Lisbon (ICOMOS free entry is printed on the notice at the ticket counter)
  • Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
  • Free entry to World Heritage sites, Belem
  • Free entry to all World Heritage places, all state-managed palaces, villas and gardens, Sintra

Spain

  • The Royal Sites, including El Escorial and Aranjuez
  • Alhambra Palace, Granada
  • ICOMOS Spain reports that presenting the card works at numerous other sites and museums

Sweden

  • Skansen, Stockholm

Wales

  • All Welsh heritage sites

THE MIDDLE EAST

Egypt

  • Nubia Museum, Aswan

Iran

  • Numerous museums, sites and monuments (reported by ICOMOS Iran)

Jordan

  • Reduced entry to Petra

Turkey

  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
  • Topkapi Museum, Istanbul
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum, including the Archaeological Museum (main building), Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art (tiled Kiosk)