Key Concepts of Museology

Key Concepts of Museology is a reference tool developed by ICOM’s International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM) that provides museum professionals worldwide with a common language.

The Key Concepts of Museology was presented in 2010 at the 22nd ICOM General Conference that ran from 7 to 12 November 2010 in Shanghai, China. 2,000 copies in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Chinese) were distributed to members during the ICOM General Conference. It was also decided to keep all the versions available online.

The publication defines the main museology-related ideas used by museum professionals. This project launched by ICOFOM in 1993 under the coordination of François Mairesse and André Desvallées is the result of many years of work of defining 21 concepts and terms that are important for the profession. The Key Concepts are a preview of the larger Dictionary of Museology that was published in 2011 in French – Dictionnaire Encyclopédique de Muséologie.

The “Key Concepts of Museology” are currently available in 14 languages:

English (2010)
Key Concepts of Museology

 

French (2010)
Concepts clés de muséologie

 

Spanish (2010)
Conceptos claves de museología

 

Chinese (2010)

博物馆学关键概念

 

Japanese (2011)
博物館学のキーコンセプト

 

Latvian (2012)
Muzeoloģijas Pamatjēdzieni

 

Russian (2012)
Ключевые понятия музеологии

 

Portuguese (2013)
Conceitos-chave de museologia

 

Mongolian (2014)
Музей судлалын тулгуур ойлголтууд (no pdf available)

 

Farsi (2014)

مفاهیم کلیدي موزهشناسی

 

Greek (2014)
Βασικές Έννοιες της Mουσειολογίας

 

Estonian (2016)
Museoloogia põhimõisted

 

Italian (2016)
Concetti chiave di museologia

 

Vietnamese (2021)
Các khái niềm cờ bán vê bảo tảng học

 

 

All the PDFs can be downloaded from our google disk