ICOMOS card benefits – Australia

The following cultural institutions offer free or reduced-price entry to Full members upon presentation of your ICOMOS card – click on the links for more information.



Beleura House & Garden (Mornington, VIC) – visit by booked tour only: (03) 5975 2027; Full ICOMOS members are welcome as guests at no cost.

Built as a grand summer house in 1863, Beleura was home of John Tallis from 1950-1996. He bequeathed the house, its contents and gardens to the people of Victoria, leaving the house as a time capsule of polite taste in the later twentieth century.

Visit the Beleura House & Garden website

Western Australian Museum (Perth, WA) – FREE admission for Full ICOMOS members to the Maritime Museum at Fremantle (the only charging museum among the group), and 10% discount admission to paying exhibitions at all branches.

Visit the What’s On page of the Western Australian Museum website.

The state museum is based in Perth, and is the flagship of a college of five sites: Albany, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Fremantle Shipwrecks and Fremantle Maritime Museum.


Australian Museum (NSW) – FREE admission for Full ICOMOS members

The oldest museum in Australia, in which Aboriginal culture has extracted itself from dinosaurs and minerals in possibly the most assertive Indigenous exhibition in the nation. The dinosaurs etc are pretty cool too.

Visit the What’s On page of the Australian Museum website.


National Portrait Gallery (ACT) – offers free admission to all, but Full ICOMOS members will receive concessional prices for paying exhibitions.

Announcing itself as ‘The most significant building to be constructed in the Parliamentary precinct for over twenty years’ (by Johnson Pilton Walker, opened 2008), the NPG aims ‘To give a face to the nation’.

Visit the What’s On and Exhibition pages of the National Portrait Gallery website.


The Johnston Collection (VIC) – visit by booked tour only: Full ICOMOS members receive FREE admission to pre-booked Fairhall exhibitions and concessional rates for other programs and events. Please contact by email  or phone (03) 9416 2515 to organise concessional rates.

Antique dealer and collector, William Johnston, bequeathed his house, Fairhall, and collection of English 18th century fine and decorative arts to the people of Victoria in 1986. The museum partners with creatives from contemporary arts communities to re-interpret the Collection in a regular program of re-installation and interventions of the permanent collection in Fairhall as well as offering special exhibitions, study days, lectures and workshops throughout the year.

Visit the Home Page page of the The Johnston Collection website.




History SA, Adelaide and elsewhere, SA – FREE admission for Full ICOMOS members.

History SA researches, presents, collects and preserves the history of South Australia. It manages three museums:

  • Migration Museum, Adelaide: the evolving story of migration to South Australia
  • National Motor Museum, Birdwood: Stories, people and vehicles that have shaped Australia’s motoring history
  • South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide: SA’s unique maritime history

Visit the Home Page to discover what’s on.



Port Arthur Historic Sites, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania – FREE admission for Full ICOMOS members.

Fulcrum of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, Port Arthur Penal Settlement is bolstered by the Coal Mines Historic Site, located near Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula, and the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, in South Hobart. ICOMOS members will know Port Arthur as a laboratory of Australian conservation and interpretation, and as the site of a modern tragedy whose history introduces stresses that no other Australian site has to manage.

Check the Visit page of the website for further information.

Powerhouse Museum Science + Design (NSW) – FREE admission for Full ICOMOS members.

Visit the Home Page to discover what’s on.


National Gallery of Australia (ACT) – FREE admission to  Full ICOMOS members for paying exhibitions.

Visit the Home Page to discover what’s on.