ICOM’s Committees represent the museums and museum professionals within the organisation.
They serve as a go-between for the General Secretariat, the National Committees, the International Committees, the Regional Alliances, Affiliated Organisations, Standing Committees and Working Groups. These bodies contribute to the resources, the energy and the diversity of the programmes set up by ICOM. Read more
Aside from institutions designated as museums, the following institutions are qualified as museums eligible to seek membership to ICOM:
- Natural, archaeological and ethnographic monuments and sites and historical monuments and sites with museum-related activities including acquisition, conservation, and making material evidence of peoples and their environment;
- Institutions holding collections and displaying live specimens of plants and animals, such as botanical and zoological gardens, aquaria and vivaria;
- Science centres and planetaria;
- Non-profit art galleries as well as conservation institutes and exhibition galleries maintained by libraries and archive centres;
- Nature reserves;
- National, regional or local museum organisations as well as public agencies (ministries, departments or organisations) responsible for museums as defined in this Article;
- Non-profit institutions or organisations undertaking research in areas of conservation, education, training, documentation, as well as other activities relating to museums and museology;
- Cultural centres and other institutions that facilitate the preservation, perpetuation and management of tangible and intangible heritage resources including living heritage and the creation of digital artefacts.
Regular – Active individual museum professionals.
Retired – Retired individual museum professionals.
Student – Students enrolled to university programs relevant to Museums; these students can be nominated into this category by a National Committee. These members do not have the right to vote within ICOM.
Associate – Individual members who wish to join ICOM and contribute to ICOM activities with a higher fee.
Contributing – Individual members who wish to join ICOM because of their interest in museums and international cooperation among museums and contribute to ICOM activities with a higher fee.
Regular – A museum or institution complying with the definition of a museum, divided into six categories according to the level of their operating budget.
Note 1: ICOM takes into account all expenses of the institution except those relating to investment for the operating budget.
Note 2: Institutions connected to the budget of a community of a municipal building etc. must estimate the proportion of the budget that concerns museum activities.
Sustaining – Institutional members who wish to join ICOM and contribute to ICOM activities with a higher fee.
Contributing – Institutional members who wish to join ICOM because of their interest in museums and the international cooperation among museums and contribute to ICOM activities with a higher fee.
Supporting – Any institution that brings sufficient support to ICOM (financial or other) because of their interest in museums and the international cooperation among museums. These members do not have the right to vote within ICOM.
In an effort to take into account the current economic context, the membership policy of ICOM recognizes four country categories according to each country’s gross domestic product per capita by purchasing power parity. These categories are updated on a yearly basis .
Honorary members are people who have made exceptional contributions to ICOM or museums at an international level.
Conditions for Honorary Member designation
The President of a National Committee, the Chairperson of an International Committee or a Member of the ICOM Executive Council may nominate an ICOM Member for honorary membership.
To be granted such status, the candidate is deemed to have performed a significant portion of his contributions and/or achievements during his/her time as a Member of ICOM. His/her contributions and/or achievements must demonstrate the excellence of his qualifications and competencies in museology, and he or she must be internationally renowned.
All nominations must be submitted in writing and be accompanied by documents emphasizing the nature of the candidate’s work and the services he or she provided to the museum community as the basis for the candidate’s nomination for honorary membership, such as: letters of recommendation from persons directly familiar with the candidate’s work, a list of publications, awards and prizes from professional organisations, paid and volunteer work performed while acting in an expert consulting capacity to assist museums and relevant educational organisations.
The candidate’s contributions mentioned above must imperatively be international in scope.
The complete candidate nomination file must be submitted to the Director General no later than 1 November of the year preceding the triennial General Assembly in order to guarantee sufficient time for review of files.
Supporting individual or institutional member – Anyone who brings significant support (financial or other) to ICOM because of their interest in museums and international cooperation among museums. These members do not have the right to vote.