The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is a scientific, non governmental organization representing museums and museum professionals. It was founded in Paris, in 1946, and actually counts more than 12.000 members from almost all countries of the world.

Amongst the main goals of ICOM is the promotion and development of Museology and Museography, the protection of movable cultural property, the production of guidelines related to collections management, and in particular the creation of documentation standards, the strengthening of the educational role of museums, the connection of museums to the needs of contemporary societies.

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The Hellenic National Committee of ICOM was founded in 1983 and actually counts approximately 400 members. It is located in an old neoclassical building in the historical centre of Athens.
The aims and activities of the Hellenic Committee are in line with the principles set by the ICOM statutes, but they are also oriented and adapted to the needs and particularities of the Greek society. It operates in close collaboration with the Hellenic Ministries of Culture and Education and other relevant institutions.

ICOM's publications

A Documentation - Information Centre operates in the premises of the Hellenic Committee which is available to anyone interested in matters of Museology and Museography.

The Hellenic Committee organises seminars and other international meetings discussing different Museological issues, which aim at the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience not only amongst its members but also amongst other people interested in the subject.

ICOM's publication

It also undertakes the translation and publication of books and articles dealing with the different aspects of the museums function, like conservation, documentation, communication, etc.

catalogues of exhibitions

In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the Hellenic National Committee organises archaeological exhibitions in Greece and abroad and produces multilingual exhibition catalogues, which serve as a reference point for the international scientific community.

Several specialised working groups are set up within the framework of the Hellenic National Committee, like for example the working group for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) or the one for the Documentation in Ethnographic Museums (Ethno-CIDOC). These working groups organise seminars and conferences, prepare guidelines and produce publications.

celebrating the International Museum Day

An important event in the Hellenic Committee's calendar is the celebration of the «International Museum Day» on the 18th of May, that is a day dedicated to a selected theme and a particular «honoured» museum. This celebration gives the opportunity to all ICOM members to meet and exchange knowledge and experience, while at the same time several articles treating the celebrated topic appear in the newspapers and magazines.

the «Museum and School» seminar

The Hellenic National Committee is strongly interested in matters related to Museum Communication and Education. Amongst the different activities undertaken in this field, one could mention the organisation of a yearly seminar entitled «Museum and School». The seminar is addressed to teachers of Primary and Secondary education from different regions of the country.

In this same context, the Hellenic Committee participated in a European pilot project entitled «Schools adopt Monuments», aiming at the sensitization of pupils - and consequently the community - towards the need for protection and promotion of their cultural heritage.

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«ScHoOlS AdOpT MoNuMeNtS»


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