The 2019 ICMM Congress took place in Sweden and the Åland Islands on 15-20 September 2019, co-hosted by the Swedish Maritime Museum and Vasa Museet in Stockholm, and the Åland Maritime Museum in Mariehamn, Åland Islands.

Other recent Congresses have taken ICMM to Chile (2017), hosted by the Maritimo Museo Nacional in Valparaiso, and Hong Kong (2015), hosted by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

All three Congresses have enabled ICMM members to forge new relationships and partnerships with maritime museums in new parts of the world. ICMM is pleased to have gained a number of new members in each region as a direct result of each Congress.

Scroll down for a list of all past ICMM Congresses and Interim Meetings, and their host museums and locations.

2019 Congress delegates arrive for a tour of museum ship Pommern at
Åland Maritime Museum, Mariehamn, Åland Islands
ICMM members are welcomed to the 2017 Congress by our hosts from the
Maritimo Museo Nacional in Valparaiso, Chile
Former ICMM President Kevin Fewster (l) and Hong Kong Maritime Museum Director Richard Wesley open the 2015 Congress

Past ICMM Congresses

  • 1972: UK  National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 
  • 1975: NORWAY  Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum, Oslo
  • 1978: USA  Mystic Seaport Museum, CT
  • 1981: FRANCE  Musée de la Marine, Paris
  • 1984: GERMANY  Altonaer Museum, Hamburg
  • 1987: NETHERLANDS  Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam & Maritime Museum Prins Hendrik (now Maritiem Museum Rotterdam)
  • 1990: SWEDEN/ NORWAY/ FINLAND/ USSR/ ESTONIA  Statens Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm, & others
  • 1993: SPAIN  Barcelona Maritime Museum
  • 1996: UK  Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth; & Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent
  • 1999: USA  Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2002: SLOVENIA & ITALY  Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, Piran, Slovenia, & Grado, Italy
  • 2005: NEW ZEALAND  New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland (last triennial meeting)
  • 2007: MALTA  Malta Maritime Museum, Valletta (first biennial meeting)
  • 2009: DENMARK  Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Esbjerg
  • 2011: USA  National Museum of American History, Washington, VA & The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
  • 2013: PORTUGAL  The King D. Carlos Sea Museum, Cascais
  • 2015: HONG KONG  Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • 2017: CHILE  Maritimo Museo Nacional, Valparaiso
  • 2019: SWEDEN & ÅLAND ISLANDS  Stockholm Maritime Museum & Vasa Museum, Stockholm, and Åland Maritime Museum, Mariehamn

Interim Meetings (held 1985-2003)

  • 1985: GREECE  Hellenic Maritime Museum, Piraeus
  • 1986: UK Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
  • 1988: AUSTRALIA Sydney Maritime Museum
  • 1989: PORTUGAL Museu de Marinha, Lisbon
  • 1991: USA South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
  • 1992: FRANCE Musée de Bateau (now Musée de la Pêche), Concarneau & Le Port-Musée de Douarnenez
  • 1994: CANADA Vancouver Maritime Museum, BC
  • 1995: NORWAY Stavanger Sjøfartsmuseum
  • 1997: AUSTRALIA South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide
  • 1998: POLAND National Maritime Museum, Gdańsk
  • 2000: DENMARK Orlogsmuseet (Royal Danish Naval Museum), Copenhagen; Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde; & Maritime Museum of Denmark, Helsingør
  • 2001: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES Curaçao Maritime Museum
  • 2003: UK National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth
  • 2004: SPAIN Bilbao Maritime Museum (Cancelled)

Lists compiled from various sources