ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies
ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums

By providing inclusive and participatory training programmes for museum professionals, the ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies is intended to promote research and exchange among museums at an international level and develop the museum expertise of professionals from developing countries, especially those from the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

Art and Cultural Heritage Mediation
Art and Cultural Heritage Mediation

ICOM is highly involved in promoting the restitution of illicitly acquired cultural property. One of its duties is to provide the means and the services to support museums in fulfilling this goal.

ICOM decides to broaden the range of ICOM’s alternative dispute resolution services by launching a mediation service dedicated to art and cultural heritage. Read More

ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums
ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums

Exemplary ethical practices by museum professionals are essential for ICOM members.

ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums was adopted in 1986 and revised in 2004. It establishes the values and principles shared by ICOM and the international museum community. It is a reference tool translated into 36 languages and it sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff.

By joining ICOM, each member agrees to respect this code.

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Fight against illicit traffic
ICOM Red List

Illicit traffic in cultural goods ranks third in the listing of criminal activities worldwide, following drug and arms trafficking. Illicit traffic causes significant damage to tangible heritage, particularly in certain regions of the world where the theft and looting are common.

It is not sufficient to simply take emergency action to develop tools designed to better control the art market and... Read More

International Museum Day
International Museum Day

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

ICOM Advisory Committee organises the theme of this event that, given the high number of countries involved, lasts a day, a weekend, a week or even a month. Read More