The Global Network of Water Museums is a flagship initiative endorsed by the Council of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme)
All members at the 2nd conference in Biesbosch v4


The flagship initiative of UNESCO-IHP for the promotion of museums committed to water awareness education

The Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-NET) is a ‘flagship initiative’ of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme) which aims at fostering water awareness education.

WAMU-NET supports cooperation among museums, institutions, and people to implement new actions aiming to build anew culture of water’ and repair our deteriorated relationship with the most precious element for life.

WAMU-NET is established to re-connect people with all forms of water legacy (both natural and cultural heritages) and highlight the natural, social, cultural, artistic, and spiritual dimensions related to water and inherited form the past.

Mission Team
Promotional videos: objectives and activities of WAMU-NET

Explore the history of WAMU-NET: why a global network of museums and institutions was created with the aim of fostering a ‘new culture of water’, how it involves an increasing number of water museums and young people, and when it was endorsed by UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme) in order to better promote water sustainability education worldwide. The youth contest and award ‘The Water We Want’ is held on an annual basis to boost water awareness education through museums.

Diverse and more forward-looking ancient practices of social water management have produced unique hydraulic heritage around the world and have been passed down through the generations for their capacity to preserve the ecosystem services on which human health is based. Explore how such farsighted systems of knowledge that are based on a long-term vision can target the SDGs through nature-based solutions, low energy, and zero-waste technology that foster tangible benefits for biodiversity.


Explore collections and activities
of water museums worldwide

Dive into our ever-growing network of museums, institutions, and individual members
all united by a common passion for water, our planet’s life-giving blood.