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. It establishes minimum standards for professional practices and achievements for museums and their employees. By joining ICOM, each member is committed to respecting this code.
Leading a Diplomatic ForumICOM is officially associated with multilateral international conventions on heritage. As a diplomatic forum made up of 137 countries and territories, it gathers international professionals, renowned for their contribution to culture.
Developing the professional networkWith almost 30,000 members, ICOM is a unique professional network of institutions and museum professionals. ICOM brings together museum experts to discuss various museum-related themes.
Leading a Global Think TankICOM's 31 International Committees conduct advanced research in their respective fields for the benefit of the museum community. They discuss and reflect on museum-and heritage-related issues.
International MissionsICOM carries out its international missions thanks to international mandates in association with partners such as UNESCO, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation (WCO). ICOM's missions include:
Fighting the illicit traffic of cultural goods
Culture and knowledge promotion
Protection of tangible and intangible heritage
Thanks to its large network, the International Council of Museums organises hundreds of events every year and takes part in many activities.
International conferences, scientific and technical meetings, practical workshops and training activities are some examples of events where ICOM communicates its international vision of the museum community.