The International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM) is in charge of researching, studying and disseminating the theoretical basis of museology as an independent scientific discipline, critically analyzing the main trends of contemporary museology.
Created in 1977, it is made up by members from all the continents that deal with museums-related specific functions and the social role of museums. Year after year ICOFOM organizes scientific and academic meetings in different countries to ensure significant exchanges among our professionals worldwide.
Besides, ICOFOM has brought together a wide theoretical documentary corpus through an important series of publications, the ICOFOM Study Series (ISS), which along the course of more than thirty years of permanent production, has been the greatest bibliographical collection on museology so far.
Mission Statement: The ICOM International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM) is in charge of researching, studying and disseminating the theoretical basis of Museums and Museology with respect to the diverse perspectives represented by an international community of museologists and museum thinkers.
We understand museology as the study, theory, and philosophy of the museum field and the ethics of its practice and functions. It encompasses museum theory and practice as well as the critical reflection on the museum and the existent field of knowledge for this reflection.
Vision Statement: The vision of ICOFOM is to foster the development of quality knowledge in the museum field and inclusivity through the increase of a diverse membership and engagement as The International Center for Museology, reflecting all regional streams of museology through an affirmative action policy.