The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has returned to its senses. On August 24, in Prague the organization, which has about 50,000 members, adopted a new definition of the museum with 92% of the votes, ending a conflict that had torn it apart.
“A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.” ICOM had set out to update its 50-year-old…
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