Today more than ever, museums are at the heart of cultural,social and economic issues in contemporary societies.
They must face unique challenges related to their social, political and ecological environment. Museums play a key role in development through education and democratisation, while also serving as witnesses of the past and guardians of humanity’s treasures for future generations.
ICOM’s vision is a world where the importance of natural and cultural heritage is universally valued.
The International Council of Museums ensures the protection, conservation and transmission of cultural goods. The organisation shares with Humanity the universal value of collections conserved in museums. ICOM contributes to the knowledge and transmission of identity and heritage values specific to each culture.
The International Council of Museums works for society and its development. It is committed to ensuring the conservation, and protection of cultural goods. Establishing Standards of Excellence
ICOM sets standards for museums in design, management and collections organisation. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is a reference in the global museum community. It establishes minimum standards for professional practices and achievements for museums and their employees. By joining ICOM, each member is committed to respecting this code.
Leading a Diplomatic Forum ICOM is officially associated with multilateral international conventions on heritage. As a diplomatic forum made up of 136 countries and territories, it gathers international professionals, renowned for their contribution to culture.
Developing the professional network With more than 35,000 members, ICOM is a unique professional network of institutions and museum professionals. ICOM brings together museum experts to discuss various museum-related themes.
Leading a Global Think Tank ICOM's 30 International Committees conduct advanced research in their respective fields for the benefit of the museum community. They discuss and reflect on museum-and heritage-related issues.
International Missions ICOM carries out its international missions thanks to international mandates in association with partners such as UNESCO, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation (WCO). ICOM's missions include:
Fighting the illicit traffic of cultural goods
Culture and knowledge promotion
Protection of tangible and intangible heritage