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Missions and objectives

Missions and objectives

The International Council of Museums is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the research, conservation, continuation and communication 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 a non-governmental organisation which establishes professional and ethical standards for museum activities. As forum of experts, it makes recommendations on issues related to cultural heritage, promotes capacity building and advances knowledge.?ICOM is the voice of museum professionals on international stage and raises public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programmes.

  • 44 686 professionals
  • in over 138 countries
  • with 118?national committees
  • and 32?international committees

ICOM is the only global organisation in the museum field.

ICOM’s Missions

ICOM has five main missions:

  • establish standards of excellence
  • lead a diplomatic forum
  • develop a professional network
  • lead a global think tank
  • carry out international missions

ICOM’s Strategic Objectives 2016 – 2022

During? the 24th General Conference? in Milano in 2016, ICOM adopted a strategic plan based on tree main pillars? Independence, Integrity and Professionalism to lead the organisation for the coming six years.

Download Strategic Plan 2016-2022

ICOM Statutes

The Statutes of the International Council of Museums is the basic document of the Organisation. The Internal Rules of ICOM and the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums define and complete these Statutes.


  • Code of Ethics