ICOM announces a possible version of the new ICOM Museum Definition
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ICOM has presented a new alternative to the current ICOM museum definition. The new version will be voted to be included in the statues at ICOM’s Extraordinary General Assembly on 7 September 2019 in Kyoto, Japan.

Read the proposed museum definition below.

“Museums are democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures. Acknowledging and addressing the conflicts and challenges of the present, they hold artefacts and specimens in trust for society, safeguard diverse memories for future generations and guarantee equal rights and equal access to heritage for all people.

Museums are not for profit. They are participatory and transparent, and work in active partnership with and for diverse communities to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit, and enhance understandings of the world, aiming to contribute to human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing.”

>> More information about the process of creating a new museum definition.