The International Council of Museums of Cameroon is at the service of society and its development and is committed to guaranteeing the preservation, conservation and transmission of cultural property.

Set standards of excellence

ICOMCM defines norms and standards useful to museums both for their design and for the management and organization of collections. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is a benchmark in the global museum community and sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff. By joining ICOM, each member undertakes to respect this code.

Conducting a Diplomatic Forum

Officially associated with international multilateral conventions related to heritage, ICOM is a diplomatic space bringing together 137 countries and territories, which brings together internationally recognized personalities thanks to their action in favor of culture.

Develop the professional network

With nearly 30,000 members, ICOM constitutes a unique professional network made up of institutions and museum professionals. It is one of the only organizations capable of very quickly mobilizing such a network of experts and bringing together the most competent specialists throughout the world around a variety of museum subjects.

Animate a global think tank

Museum professionals, grouped together in ICOM’s international committees, carry out specialized research in their respective areas of intervention. The 31 international committees discuss and reflect on museum issues and more broadly on heritage.

Ensure international missions

Fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property, risk management, promotion of culture and knowledge, protection of tangible and intangible heritage, so many missions fulfilled by ICOM thanks to international mandates in conjunction with partners such as the UNESCO, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization for Heritage Protection

Article 02 – 2. Mission and objectives

Section 1. Mission
ICOM is the international organization of museums and museum professionals dedicated to the conservation, sustainability and transmission to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

Section 2. Objectives
ICOM establishes professional and ethical standards applicable to the activities of museums, promotes training, advances knowledge, issues recommendations on these subjects and raises public awareness of heritage conservation, through global networks and cooperation programs.
Article 04 – 4. Members

Section 1. Members
Membership of ICOM shall be open to Museums, Institutions recognized by ICOM and Museum Professionals, as well as other persons or institutions with an interest in the advancement of the museum community.

All persons wishing to become a Member of ICOM must indicate to ICOM that they accept and will respect the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums . They will then have to complete the membership form.

Any person or institution (including its employees) who trades (buys or sells for profit) in cultural property, including works of art and natural and scientific specimens, cannot become a Member of ICOM. This restriction is more broadly applicable to all persons or institutions having an activity which could give rise to a conflict of interest with the activity of ICOM.

Section 2. Registration of Membership National Committees send new applications for membership as soon as possible to the ICOM Secretariat, together with the amount of the related subscription. Only Honorary Members, as defined below in section 3 of this article, are not subject to this membership procedure. Their candidacy is proposed by the Executive Council to the General Assembly which decides on the acceptance or refusal of the candidacy by a simple majority.

Section 3. Membership Categories:

  1. Individual Members — Refers to museum professionals, as defined in Article 3, active or retired, or any other person who, by virtue of their experience or professional services rendered to ICOM, enjoys the right to join ICOM as Individual Members.
  2. Institutional Members — Refers to Museums or other institutions that meet the definition of a Museum.
  3. Student Members — Refers to students enrolled in University programs related to the Museums. These students may be nominated in this category by a National Committee.
  4. Honorary Members – Refers to all persons who have rendered exceptional service to the international museum community or to ICOM.
  5. Supporting Members – Refers to all persons or institutions that provide ICOM with significant support (financial or otherwise) because of their interest in museums and in international cooperation between museums.

Section 4. Loss of MembershipMembership in ICOM may be terminated either by voluntary withdrawal or by decision of the Executive Council for any of the following reasons:

  1.    Change of professional status
  2.    Breach of professional ethics
  3.    Actions deemed fundamentally contrary to the objectives of ICOM
  4.    Non-payment of contributions after official notification of expiry

            Become a member of ICOM

Benefits granted to members

Becoming a member of ICOM gives you the opportunity to be part of a network of more than 26,000 institutions and museum professionals spread over five continents.

Joining ICOM also means contributing to the promotion and respect of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, which constitutes the set of rules of professional ethics to which museums must refer.

Membership card: Free and immediate entry to museums

Membership of ICOM entitles you to a membership card which allows free or reduced admission to a large number of ICOM member institutions.

Individual members

Each individual member receives ONE CARD with their name. Individual ICOM members will also need to have an identity card as proof to enable them to take advantage of free admission to museums.

Institutional members

Each institutional member receives SEVERAL CARDS* in the name of the institution. They allow all staff to visit many museums free of charge or at a reduced price. To obtain free or reduced admission to museums or sites, staff employed in museums who are institutional members of ICOM must provide proof of their employment (badge, official letter, etc.). For example, this is the case for the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

The number of cards received by institutional members depends on their membership category:
– Assets I (Budget* < €30,000): 3 cards
– Assets II (Budget between €30,000 and €100,000): 4 cards
– Assets III (Budget* between €100,000 and €1,000,000): 5 cards
– Assets IV (Budget* between €1,000,000 and €5,000,000): 6 cards
– Assets V (Budget* between €5,000,000 and 10 €000,000): 7 cards
– Assets VI (Budget* > €10,000,000): 8 cards
– Support: 8 cards
* This is the institution’s operating budget

The “right to free admission” for ICOM members

The “entitlement” of ICOM members to free or reduced admission to museums around the world has never been an easy question to resolve. This privilege almost always depended on the goodwill of museums and ICOM National Committees. It is normally up to the President and other members of the Bureau of National Committees to ask the museums of their country (and specifically those which are members of ICOM) to honor the ICOM card.

National Committees, together with the ICOM Secretariat, distribute ICOM stickers to institutions honoring the card. Prominence of this sticker at the entrance to the museum usually indicates free or reduced admission for ICOM members. This is the case, for example, in Belgium,

In France, ICOM cards are honored in national museums and in municipal museums which are members of ICOM. In addition, it allows you to avoid any queues. The card is also valid for temporary exhibitions organized in France, at the National Galleries of the Grand Palais, for example.

The ICOM card can also be used in French monuments and sites such as Mont Saint-Michel and the castles of the Loire. This is part of a reciprocity program with ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites), whose card is also accepted in museums.

Museums in the United States also accept the ICOM card: for example, large institutional member museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Frick Collection. In Washington, DC, most museums are national in character and charge no admission fee.

Thanks to the efforts of the Italian National Committee for ICOM, in 1997 the Italian Ministry of Culture signed a decree authorizing free entry to national museums, monuments and archaeological sites upon presentation of the ICOM card. In 1999, more than 70 Italian private museums decided to allow free admission to ICOM members. A list of these Italian museums is available on the ICOM Italy website.

Free Publications

– ICOM News: ICOM quarterly newsletter (English, French, Spanish). In each issue, one can read articles on topics related to the world of museums, as well as information on the activities of the organization and the directory of the different ICOM bodies (Committees, Affiliated Organizations, Executive Council, Secretariat) .

– Study notebooks: series published by the International Committees (English, French, Spanish)

– Other titles: see Catalog of publications

Preferential rates

– AltaMira Press: 15% discount on certain publications

– American Association of Museums: 10% reduction on the books indicated in their catalog

– Interpol CD-Rom on stolen works of art: 20% discount (English, French and Spanish)

– Oxford University Press: 20% discount on the Journal of the History of Collections (English)

– Routledge UK: up to 15% reduction on the price of certain publications

– UNESCO: 30% discount on UNESCO publications (books, single-issue periodicals, scientific maps and CD-ROMs)

– Meeting of National Museums: 5% on its articles

Professional meetings and exchange of information

Becoming a member of ICOM makes it possible to participate in the debates and scientific exchanges of the international museum community, to take part and make a contribution to the reflections carried out by the members of ICOM on the issues and the future of museums.

ICOM members can participate in the specialized meetings of ICOM International Committees and Affiliated Organizations and receive their publications. ICOM’s 30 International Committees represent types of museums (art, science, literature, etc.) or different disciplines of the profession (conservation, education, documentation, etc.). Joining one of these committees offers the opportunity to share professional knowledge internationally.

International exchange programs are also organized by some National Committees.

General Conference

Members are invited to take part in this important triennial event which not only allows them to meet colleagues from all over the world, but also to study in depth the main problems facing the profession. Possibility of obtaining scholarships.

ICOM and the Internet

– .museum: This new domain name is a central space on the Internet created solely for museums, their professional associations and members of the museum profession. This domain name is reserved for museums meeting the definition of the ICOM Museum. ICOM members benefit from a simplified registration procedure.

– The ICOM website is a platform where a lot of information about ICOM, its committees and its activities is available. It also provides access to other professional information and resources.

– ICOM-L: This electronic mailing list is an information tool for ICOM members and serves as a discussion forum for all questions relating to ICOM.

UNESCO Museum Information Center – ICOM

The center provides ICOM members and UNESCO staff with information services and a library. It brings together the publications and archives of ICOM and its Committees, directories of museums as well as UNESCO documentation concerning the protection of cultural heritage.