The ICOM Executive Board has noticed a change in museums. “Over recent decades museums have radically transformed, adjusted and re-invented their principles, policies and practices, to the point where the ICOM museum definition no longer seems to reflect the challenges and manifold visions and responsibilities. ICOM has invited its members and other interested parties to take part in creating a new, more current definition.
Members, committees, partners and other interested stakeholders have already contributed and continue to participate in the development of potential alternatives for the museum definition, with the goal of compiling changes and recommendations in time for the 25th ICOM General Conference, which will take place in Kyoto, 1-7 September 2019.
The ICOM Canada executive Board is proposing a modification to the current ICOM definition of a museum. Please download the Proposed Definition of Museum Submitted by ICOM Canada below.
ICOM Canada members are encouraged to submit feedback on this document by April 25, 2019. ICOM Canada will submit this document, minus the explanatory notes in Section 2, to ICOM on May 1, 2019.
ICOM Canada also encourages you and your organization to submit your own definition. To learn more, please visit the ICOM Museum Definition page.