Missions

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. Read more

UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre

The UNESCO-ICOM Information Centre was created in 1946.

It is managed by ICOM Secretariat and it is situated in the UNESCO Building, 1 rue Miollis -F- 75732 Paris Cedex 15 (France).
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History of ICOM

Over the years, ICOM has evolved in accordance with international museum professionals’ needs worldwide, keeping in mind its main mission. More than 60 years after its creation, the organisation continues to represent the global museum community. Read more

Benefits

Whether you are an individual or institutional member, your ICOM membership will grant you a number of advantages for your professional development and contribute to the future of the international museum community.

Institutional membership

-    Be part of the international museum community

Connect with 20,000 world-class museums and 30,000 museum experts

Train your staff members by sending them to any of the 250 ICOM activities organised yearly around the world and participate in the extensive programme at the Triennial General Conference

Log onto ICOMMUNITY collaborative platform to post your latest events, exhibitions and training or research programmes and find out about those of your fellow museums

Explore opportunities for international collaboration for your projects and exhibitions

-    Get involved in international missions

Shape the future of museum profession

Advocate museum standards of excellence and museum ethics 

Commit to the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods

Cooperate in emergency preparedness and response actions in museums worldwide

-    Benefit from ICOM services

Get insight on trends and innovation in museums thanks to ICOM News, the magazine for museum professionals, and monthly electronic newsletters

Search more than 2,000 publications by ICOM’s Committees through the online publications database

Join any of ICOM’s 31 International Committees and make your voice heard

Settle your art and cultural heritage disputes through the ICOM-WIPO mediation procedure

-    And many other rewards and benefits of ICOM membership for your museum and staff members

Receive several ICOM membership cards for your staff members, your international entry pass to museums worldwide

Enjoy free or discounted registration fees to all ICOM events, those organised by some partner organisations and some of the most famous international art fairs

Benefit from preferential rates to museum shops and publications

Individual membership

-    Be part of the international museum community

Connect with 30,000 world-class museum experts

Build a strong international professional network in every museum-related speciality

Broaden your horizons with over 250 conferences organised yearly around the globe

Participate in the extensive programme at the Triennial General Conference

-    Get involved in international missions

Shape the future of museum profession

Advocate museum standards of excellence and museum ethics 

Play a role in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods

Cooperate in emergency preparedness and response actions in museums worldwide

Support museums in fulfilling their missions

-    Benefit from ICOM services

Get insight on trends and innovation in museums thanks to ICOM News, the magazine for museum professionals, and monthly electronic newsletters

Search more than 2,000 publications by ICOM’s Committees through the online publications database

Stay connected with ICOMMUNITY, ICOM’s brand-new interactive online platform

Join any of ICOM’s 31 International Committees and make your voice heard

Settle your art and cultural heritage disputes through the ICOM-WIPO mediation procedure

-    And many other benefits with your ICOM membership

Training and professional development opportunities

ICOM Card: your international entry pass to museums worldwide

Preferential rates to museum shops and publications