New ICOM museum definition approved

On 24 August 2022, a new museum definition was adopted by the International Council of Museums at the ICOM General Conference in Prague, the Czech Republic.

The proposal was approved in a vote for members after an 18-month participatory process that involved hundreds of museum professionals from 126 National ICOM committees from all over the world.

The new museum definition by ICOM reads:

“A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.”