ICOM in brief

  • An organisation created in 1946 by and for museum professionals.
  • A unique network of more than 45,000 members / museum professionals who represent the global museum community.
  • A diplomatic forum made up of experts from 136 countries and territories to respond to the challenges museums face worldwide.
  • A consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • 119 National Committees and 30 International Committees dedicated to various museum specialties.
  • A leading force in ethical matters.
  • One of the founding members of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS).
  • A Public Interest Organisation.
  • 3 official languages: English, French and Spanish.