WORLD A few years ago, the Museums of the World (represented by ICOM) began to wonder what a museum was and meant for contemporary culture today. Finally, after a long process of discussion and debate (at times not at all peaceful), on 24 August 2022 it was shared and approved the new definition.
What is a museum?
According to ICOM: 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.
And according to you? What do you think? What is a museum for you? Leave a comment below this article!
What is ICOM and some links to know more…
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is the main international organization which (since 1946 and based in Paris) represents the Museums of the World, institutions and professionals. The organization assists the museum community in its mission of preserving, conserving and sharing the present and future cultural heritage, material and intangible. To date, it brings together a network of over 40,000 members in over 130 countries, obviously including Italy.
- In this our article, you’ll find the previous definition of “museum” (and more): www.cct-seecity.com/en/2019/07/cosa-e-oggi-un-museo/
- Here you can read (in Italian) about the debate that at times was not at all peaceful: www.miriconosci.it/definizione-museo-dimissioni-icom/
- About the new definition, here is the official announcement communicated by ICOM on the international website: icom.museum/en/news/icom-approves-a-new-museum-definition/
- And here on the Italian one: www.icom-italia.org/definizione-di-museo-scelta-la-proposta-finale-che-sara-votata-a-praga/
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