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ICOM International

ICOM is the international organization of museums and museum professionals whose purpose is to investigate, perpetuate, perpetuate and transmit to society the world's cultural and natural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. It is a membership association and a non-governmental organization that sets professional and ethical standards for museum activities.


As an expert forum, it makes recommendations on issues related to cultural heritage, promotes capacity building and advances knowledge. ICOM is the voice of museum professionals on the international stage and increases public cultural awareness through global networks and cooperation programs.

  • 44,686 members

  • in 138 countries

  • 118 National Committees

  • and 32 International Committees

The International Council of Museums is the world's leading museum organization.

What are your missions?

Complete five essential missions:

  • Establish standards of excellence

  • Being a diplomatic forum

  • Develop the professional network

  • Encourage a global think tank

  • Carry out international missions.

ICOM strategic objectives for the period 2016-2022

During the 24th General Conference in Milan in 2016, ICOM adopted a strategic plan, based on the main pillars of independence, integrity and professionalism, to lead the organization for the next six years.

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