ICOM FRANCE - International Council of Museums

ICOM is the international organization of museums and museum professionals dedicated to the research, conservation, preservation and transmission to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible

What is ICOM?

ICOM is a membership association and non-governmental organization that sets professional and ethical standards for museum activities. As a forum of experts, it makes recommendations on cultural heritage issues, promotes professional capacity building and advances knowledge in the field. ICOM is the voice of museum professionals in the international arena and raises public awareness of culture through global networks and cooperative programs.

45,493 members

in 138 countries
with 119 national committees
with 32 international committees

ICOM is the only international organization in the field of museums.

What are its missions?

ICOM has five main missions:

-to set standards of excellence

-to conduct a diplomatic forum

-to develop a professional network

-to lead a global think tank

-to conduct international missions

ICOM Strategic Plan 2022-2028

The ICOM 2022-28 Strategic Plan was approved at the 37th General Assembly, held on August 24 during ICOM Prague 2022. The plan was drafted by the Strategic Plan Standing Committee, which developed the plan through a participatory process involving ICOM members, the Advisory Council, the Executive Council, and the Secretariat.

ICOM Statutes

The Statutes of the International Council of Museums are the fundamental document of the association. They are complemented by the Internal Rules of ICOM. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums defines the ethical standards to be respected by museums and their professionals.