The International Council of Museums is an international organization of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.
Created in 1946, ICOM is a non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with and having a consultative status with UNESCO.
As a non-profit organization, ICOM is financed primarily by membership fees and supported by various governmental and other bodies.
It carries out part of UNESCO’s programme for museums.
Based in Paris, France, the ICOM Headquarters houses both the ICOM Secretariat and the UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre.
ICOM provides the policy basis for the operation of the .museum (“dot-museum”) top-level domain.