Mission and Goals
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 Forum
ICOM 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 network
With almost 45,000 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 Tank
ICOM’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.
ICOM 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
- Risk management
- Culture and knowledge promotion
- Protection of tangible and intangible heritage