What is ICOM?

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.

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.

  • 51,302 professionals
  • in over 138 countries
  • with 120 national committees
  • and 32 international committees with over 24,000 participating members

ICOM is the only global organisation in the museum field and you can view this video to understand more about its origins.

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

Visit ICOM’s international website

  • What is ICOM Australia ?

    Read more about our National Committee