Database definition

Museum definition process: the two final proposals

The process of defining the museum enters its final phase with the presentation of the two proposals submitted to the vote of the representatives of ICOM.

ICOM Define members worked on drafting five definition proposals, based on the results of the data analysis from Consultations 2 and 3. In Consultation 4, ICOM Committees were invited to rank the five proposals and were given the opportunity to comment on their first choice. . ICOM Define worked intensively on processing the results and developing the two final proposals. On Thursday, May 5, the Advisory Council met to discuss this.

An online voting platform is open until 20e of May in order to allow all the Presidents of ICOM Committees to decide on the definition which will be presented to the Executive Bureau and then voted on in Prague during the Extraordinary General Assembly.

Proposal A

A museum is a permanent, non-profit institution, accessible to the public and at the service of society. It researches, collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage in a professional, ethical and sustainable manner for education, reflection and enjoyment. It operates and communicates in an inclusive, diverse and participatory manner with communities and the public.

Proposal B

A museum is a permanent non-profit institution at the service of society that researches, collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums promote diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with community participation, providing varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.

The methodology was based on 4 consultation roundsdivided into 11 steps with a duration of 18 months.