Latest News Updates



ICOM's Statement concerning the situation facing cultural heritage in Afghanistan

ICOM-US Consultation 3 Member Survey: Deadline: September 7, 2021

The G20 recognises the role of museums and ICOM in addressing the climate crisis


The latest edition of Museum International on the theme “Museum Collection Storage” is now online

ICOM stands with the museums affected by the flooding in Europe


The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, including the Museo de Arte de Ponce (Ponce, PR), an ICOM-US Institutional Member and the director of who sits on our Board,  Alejandra Peña. Read more here. 


We are pleased to share with you the first video in our series on ICOM launched to engage our members and raise awareness of the different aspects of our association. This first video is dedicated to the benefits of ICOM membership and how members contribute to the development of the international museum community. You can watch it on YouTube in English, Spanish and French, as well as on our website and social networks.

ICOM-US Announces 2021 New Board Directors

International Museum Day 2021




ICOM DEFINE | Aiming to respond to the need for a democratic and open process of consultation to the National Committees, International Committees, Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organizations that constitute ICOM, the Standing Committee for the Museum Definition formulated a new methodology going forward. The design of this methodology is based on greater transparency, as well as the careful listening to all proposals. At this point, members of MDPP2 agreed that a change in the name would be advisable and it was requested to the ICOM leadership that the new name be ICOM Define: Standing Committee for the Museum Definition.

PROJECT UPDATE: supporting West and Central African museums in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic

Obituary | Irina Antonova: More than a museum expert


ICOM-US announces Webinar Series: WHAT IS A MUSEUM? An Exploration in Six Parts. 

To support our Committees during the Covid-19 crisis, ICOM has launched the Solidarity Projects: a grant scheme aimed at funding projects to support the resilience of our sector and explore new business models for museums.
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Sustainability Management in Museums: A new Approach to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get to know ICOM: WGS, the Working Group on Sustainability


Check out a new series of webinars: 4 online seminars that will provide a space for reflection and discussion on relevant current topics for the museum sector - Read more

Further extension of the deadline application to host the 27th ICOM General Conference in 2025read more

Co-Creation During the COVID-19 Lockdown: My Wachau – Multiple Voices on the World Heritage Site

The Best in Heritage 2020: a digital, global journey

ICOM strongly condemns the targeting of cultural heritage as a weapon of war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and urge parties to find a peaceful solution

Alliance ICOM-ICCROM International Course


ICOM, ALIPH and ICOMOS joint mission to Beirut

Follow-up survey: the impact of COVID-19 on the museum sector

The publish of the CAMOC 2019 Kyoto Book.


Surveying and Addressing COVID-19’s Impact on Museums in Singapore

‘Museums and Gender’: New issue of Museum International now online

Statement of solidarity with Lebanon and support to recover the damaged cultural heritage in Beirut


First Online ICOM General Assembly

ICOM Annual Report 2019 is now online!

Emma Nardi, ICOM Treasurer, resigns after the 35th General Assembly. More information and all the aforementioned documents can be found in the Member Space of the Website, under the tab "Governance".


ICOM-US Statement: A Message from our Leadership

Alberto Garlandini appointed new ICOM President

Farewell note from President Suay Aksoy


ICOM-US launches it's Museum Definition Survey and Community Forum on the new Museum Definition Discussion.

-Thank you to everyone who was able to complete the ICOM-US Museum Definition Survey! We received over 300 responses to the survey from members in 33 different U.S. states.


ICOM releases an article on the Coronavirus epidemic on how to remain engaged and reachable to the public. 


ICOM-US Board Member/Executive Director of Museo de Arte de Ponce, Alejandra Peña, provides an update on her museum in the southern region of Puerto Rico after the seismic events occurred in January 2020. 



Congratulations to ICOM-US Board member Eric Dorfman who was elected to the Executive Board of ICOM in Kyoto!

New International Committee for Disaster Resilient Museums (DRMC) inaugural board was elected with ICOM-US Board Member, Diana Pardue as Chair.

We participated in the debate around the adoption of a new definition of museums, which is technically an amendment to the bylaws. The measure was tabled by a vote to defer action.


ICOM-US welcomes new Board of Directors: George Jacob (San Francisco, CA), Joanne Flores (Washington, DC), Lyndel King (Minneapolis, MN), Nancy Zinn (Washington, DC).

May 28

ICOM-US Co-Chair and Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch III, appointed the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, becoming the first African American leader in its 173-year history.

May 15

ICOM-US launches the ICOM-US Instagram page.

April 16

ICOM-US response after the tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame

January 16

In January, AmazonSmile donated 15% of all purchases of new print magazine subscriptions.

January 15                                                                       

AAM announced an exciting new national initiative, “Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion,” dedicated to helping museums better reflect the communities they serve. Click here for the official announcement.  



October 16

ICOM-US Update: Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro

May 23

Opportunity to Host an International ArtsLink Fellow in Visual and Media Arts

May 1

Google Unveils Incredibly Detailed 3D Models of At-Risk Heritage Sites

April 13      

“Steeped in History: Museums and Identity"
Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm featuring Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian NMAAHC and Michael Glickman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in conversation with philanthropist David Rubenstein.

March 5

New conference guide for 2018 now available (created by ICOM NATHIST)

January 29

Conversation between Michael Govan, Director of LACMA and our fellow Board Member, Rick West, regarding the collaboration between LACMA and the Autry

January 12                                           

AAM Getty International Program Now Accepting Applications!
This program provides support for international museum professionals working in art museums or with art collections to attend the AAM annual meeting. The application deadline is January 30th, 2018.



November 20

ICME "What We Do" Statement

October 4

ICOM Statement: Natural Disasters Affecting Cultural Heritage

September 27       Past President of USCBS Honored
September 8

U.S. Museums Ravaged by Hurricanes

August 5

Is Syria Selling Antiquities to the West?

August 4

Carnegie Museum Director is Speaking Out Against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

July 11

House Subcommittee Draft Bill Provides Funding for NEA/NEH

July 6

Hobby Lobby's Black-Market Buys Did Real Damage

June 15

Apply now for travel grants to attend the ICOM-ITC November 2017 workshop in Beijing, China

May 9

New Co-Chairs & Luncheon at AAM 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo

March 31

Information Session of Copyright Flexibilities for Museums
Please find in attachment the poster (ENG) of the Information Session on “Copyright Flexibilities in the US and EU: How Fair Use and Other Flexibilities Are Helping Museums to Fulfill their Mission”, 6 June 2017, Paris (Musée des Arts et Métiers).

March 21

ICOM-US Statement on Proposed Federal Budget Released by Trump Administration

February 3

 ICOM-US and ICOM Statement on President Trump's January 27 Executive Order