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The story of the dot
The .museum top-level domain (TLD) is a unifying label on the Internet, developed exclusively for the museum community. Providing information and resources to the public, and a clear identity for museums and the resources they offer, .museum is the place to find genuine museums – enabling their definite recognition as a basis for sharing and accessing information on museums worldwide.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) established .museum as a top-level domain through formal agreement with the Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma), which both maintains domain policy and administers the .museum registry.

.museum is a restricted TLD. This means that only genuine museums, museums associations and museum professionals are eligible to register names in .museum.

History of .museum

In response to the unanticipated rapid growth of the Internet during the 1990's, the creators of the Domain Name System proposed the introduction of new generic top-level domains (generic meaning global, as .com .org .net, in contrast to national, as .uk and .fr),

ICOM (International Councils of Museums) realised that, sooner or later, there would be a domain for museums. In order for this domain to be meaningful for the museum community and the public, responsibility for it needed to evolve from within the museum community.

In October 2001, an agreement was signed between ICANN and MuseDoma establishing .museum, which went into operation the following month.

The basis for .museum policy is provided by the ICOM definition of museum. This policy restricts the holding of names in .museum to genuine museums, museums associations and individual members of the museum profession. All applications for names are subject to review, but eligibility can often most easily be demonstrated by membership in ICOM or another professional museums association.

Latest update: 23 July 2010
.museum is for:
• Museums

• Professional museums associations

• Individual members of the museum professional

Behind .museum:
Museum Domain Management Association

International Council of Museums

Swedish Museum of Natural History
ICANN Designated TLD Sponsor