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What did they say?

“If we consider museums as global embassies of culture, the International Council of Museums provides a high density of ambassadors and sources that never run out of inspiration due to their different kinds of collections.”
- Johannes Kyrle, Secretary General of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria


“Huge range of knowledge and expertise brought together in one place for a few days.”
- Michael Houlihan, Chief Executive of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand


“I think that the real asset of ICOM is debate; it is the possibility to exchange different opinions and to put them together in one place.”
- Carlos Roberto F. Brandão, Professor of Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil


“People are very engaged; they want to find out what’s going on and they want to be part of this decision-making process.”
- In-Kyung Chang, Director of Iron Museum, Republic of Korea

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Conferences, Meetings, Events

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Every three years, ICOM’s General Conference gathers the international museum community around a theme chosen by the museum professionals.




More than 1,500 experts and museum professionals meet for a whole week to exchange and discuss museum concerns.
The General Conference is based on scientific discussions with ICOM’s International Committees; on administrative sessions during which the General Assembly and the Advisory Committee set up the guidelines of the organisation; and finally, on forums based on the international museum-related events.


In 2016, ICOM’s 24th General Conference took place in Milan, Italy from 3 to 9 July. The upcoming edition will be held in Kyoto, Japan, from 1 to 7 September, 2019.



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