Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)


The main goal of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) is to promote collaborations between museums that are focused on Asian collections across Asia and Europe. To this end, the network supports dialogue and exchange opportunities among its members.

ASEMUS has now more than 100 members and it keeps growing. In 2012, the membership of ASEMUS grew from 82 to 97 members, adding 15 museums from 11 ASEM countries that were not yet represented in the Network. In 2013 membership had further increased to 106 museums from 38 countries.

ASEF continues to support the ASEMUS network’s visibility through a dedicated website, which is featured as a sub-site of the ASEF culture360 online platform at

The ASEMUS Executive Committee meets annually and is presided by a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. The ASEMUS Executive Committee comprises of representatives from Asia and Europe. A representative from ASEF and the Executive Committee Secretary also sit in the Executive Committee. The Chair, Vice-Chairpersons and Secretariat positions are alternated between Asian and European members and are elected into office for the duration of three years.

Its current Executive Committee is led by Dr Kim Youngna, ASEMUS Chair and Director General of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul and Ms Fionnuala Crook, ASEMUS Vice-Chair and Director of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

ASEF is an active member of the ASEMUS Executive Committee and continues to work in consultation with the ASEMUS Secretariat, the ASEMUS Chair and the Vice Chair in order to increase the relevance, impact and visibility of ASEMUS.

The ASEMUS Secretariat is located at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. 


Recent projects

ASEF supports other key activities of the network including the organisation of the bi-annual ASEMUS General Conferences and the annual Executive Committee Meetings.

In 2014, the 6th ASEMUS General Conference and ASEMUS Executive Committee Meeting will be hosted by the Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna, Austria.

ASEMUS has so far initiated a series of meetings and workshops to address the different ways in which museums from Asia and Europe can stimulate interest and facilitate the sharing of Asian Collections. Past collaborations by ASEMUS include: the Education Exchange and Outreach Programme, which aims to build capacity of museum professionals through shared experiences, knowledge and skills; the Virtual Collections of Masterpieces (VCM) and Self and Other travelling exhibition.


Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
National Museum of Korea (Seoul, Korea)

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