Today more than ever, museums are at the heart of cultural, social and economic issues in contemporary societies.
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is the only international organisation representing museums and museum professionals.
Since 1946, ICOM has assisted members of the museum community in their mission to preserve, conserve and share cultural heritage. ICOM also takes advice from institutional partners to achieve its objectives.
ICOM is governed in an inclusive and hierarchical manner, on an international level. The organisation gathers almost 30,000 members and is made up of National Committees, which represent 137 countries and territories, and International Committees, which gather experts in museum specialties worldwide.
ICOM Secretariat is situated at UNESCO House, Paris, France.