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International Museum Day 2022: The Power of Museums

Museums have the power to transform the world around us.

As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas — two essential steps in building a better future. On International Museum Day 2022, which will take place on May 18th, we want to explore the potential of museums to bring about positive change in their communities through three lenses:

  • The power of achieving sustainability: Museums are strategic partners in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. As key actors in their local communities, they contribute to a wide variety of Goals, which include fostering short-circuit and social economy and disseminating scientific information on environmental challenges.
  • The power of innovating on digitalisation and accessibility: Museums have become innovative playing-grounds where new technologies can be developed and applied to everyday life. Digital innovation can make museums more accessible and engaging, helping audiences understand complex and nuanced concepts.
  • The power of community building through education: Through its collections and programmes, museums thread a social fabric that is essential in community building. By upholding democratic values and providing life-long learning opportunities to all, they contribute to shaping an informed and engaged civil society.

In this edition of International Museum Day, we invite you to join thousands of museums around the world in unleashing the power of museums! To find more information, visit the official website of the event:

International Museum Day



The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2021, the celebration amplified its impact by the development of hybrid activities all around the world, reaching 89 million Internet users through social media, news articles, blog posts, podcasts and more!


The Power of Museums will also be the topic of the next ICOM General Conference: ICOM Prague 2022. Now at its 26th edition, the triennial General Conference is one of the most significant global events dedicated to museums and its professionals. Since 1948, an ever-growing number of participants from all continents have been gathering to discuss and share ideas related to the topical issues facing museums. For the first time in ICOM’s history, ICOM Prague 2022 will explore a new hybrid conference format, providing participants from all over the world full remote access to the scientific programme of ICOM Prague 2022.

More on ICOM Prague 2022

ICOM museum definition process: the two final proposals

This article was first published by ICOM

The process of defining the museum is entering its final phase with the presentation of the two proposals submitted to the vote of the ICOM representatives.

The members of ICOM Define worked on drafting five definition proposals, basing their work on the results of the data analysis of Consultation 2 and 3. On Consultation 4 ICOM committees were asked to rank the five proposals and had the possibility of commenting on their top choice. ICOM Define worked intensively on processing the results and elaborating the final two proposals. On Thursday, May 5th, the Advisory Council met to discuss them.

An online voting platform is open until 20th of May in order to allow all the Chairs of ICOM Committees to vote on the definition that will be presented to the Executive Board and then voted in Prague during the Extraordinary General Assembly.


Proposal A

A museum is a permanent, not-for-profit institution, accessible to the public and of service to society. It researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage in a professional, ethical and sustainable manner for education, reflection and enjoyment. It operates and communicates in inclusive, diverse and participatory ways with communities and the public.

Proposal B

A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, 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.

The methodology was based on 4 rounds of consultation, divided into 11 steps with a duration of 18 months.

ICOM Prague 2022 – The Power of Museums – early bird registration extended until 30 May 2022

Early bird registration for ICOM Prague 2022 has been extended until 30 May 2022.

Visit the Prague 2022 website for more information on the conference programme and to book.


ICOM Prague 2022
26th ICOM General Conference


20–28 August 2022


Prague Congress Centre
5. května 1640/65, 140 21 Prague, Czech Republic
+420 261 172 222

Now at its 26th edition, the ICOM triennial General Conference is one of the most significant global events dedicated to museums and its professionals. Since 1948, an ever-growing number of participants from all continents have been gathering to discuss and share ideas related to the topical issues facing museums. Bringing together more than 4,500 professionals to its last edition, the ICOM General Conference is a worldwide hub that encourages international cooperation in the museum sector.

For the first time in ICOM’s history, ICOM Prague 2022 will explore a new hybrid conference format. The spirit of innovation and resilience that has marked the community outreach programmes of museums around the world has led us to seek new ways of making the conference more accessible, while ensuring the safety of our Members. This year, a digital platform will provide participants not travelling to Prague with full remote access to the scientific programme of ICOM Prague 2022. While preventing all possible obstacles regarding movement between countries, ICOM has chosen to invest in a more balanced and democratic global participation.

ICOM Prague 2022 will offer participants a dense scientific programme, combining keynote speeches, panels, roundtables and debates, on four crucial themes for today’s museums. A further innovation: young ICOM members will have the chance to express their concerns and insights during dedicated “Youth Forum” sessions. Alongside it, at the International Museum Fair, companies and museums will present their latest innovations and solutions designed for the museum and exhibition industry.

Last but not least, ICOM Prague 2022 will give ICOM members the opportunity to discuss and vote on multiple themes that have defined the organisation’s work during the last few years: the new Museum Definition, the revision of the Code of Ethics, the amendment of the Statutes and the new ICOM Strategic Plan 2022–2028.

Thank you for registering to the 26th ICOM General Conference!

Museums have the Power to Change the World Around Us!

Winners announced at Museums + Heritage Awards 2022

The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were announced at an annual ceremony which returned to London for the first time since the pandemic began.

Winners in 17 categories were finally announced after weeks of careful deliberation among the judges, and in each category a highly commended nominee was also revealed.

The judging panel was chaired by ALVA CEO Bernard Donoghue, and consisted of Dame Diane Lees DBE, Sara Wajid, Maggie Appleton MBE, Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, Sam Mullins OBE, Caro Howell and Stephen Duncan.

Hosted by comedian, podcaster and history presenter Iszi Lawrence, the awards took place in a packed west end venue following the first day of the Museums + Heritage Show.

To view the full list of winners and shortlisted organisations, visit the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

Museums and climate change survey

NEMO is inviting you to contribute to a sustainable future in a time of climate emergency.

Please dedicate 15 minutes of your time to our planet and take NEMO’s survey on museums and climate change.

Access the survey: bit.ly/NEMOclimate

Climate change is transforming the world drastically and every person and sector, including museums, is affected. We need to take action now to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, lower carbon emissions and transition to sustainable solutions. To help museums take on this task, NEMO has developed a survey to evaluate the status quo of where museums stand in their transition to climate friendly and sustainable operations.The survey is open until 3 June 2022.

Participate to help us build strong policy recommendations for a green museum sector.

Please share the survey with colleagues, friends and your network.

Each additional answer increases the accuracy of the data and the resulting recommendations that will be derived from the survey results.

Museum Week 2022, 13 – 19 June 2022

MuseumWeek is an international community of professionals working in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Science and Music Centers, or any other cultural organisations, interested into having a social impact through Culture, by organizing online and offline events. MuseumWeek also brings together a global community of artists and digital creators committed to social change.

Since 2014 MuseumWeek has grown to include over 60,000 participants from 100+ countries. It has has become the first virtual, worldwide cultural event on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat and VKontakte.

MuseumWeek is organised by Culture For Causes Network, an official French non-profit organisation that promotes artists, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, art fairs, foundations and all cultural institutions around the world by the organisation of events on social media and sometimes in the physical space. You can have a look at the official document here below and even download it.

MuseumWeek couldn’t be organized without the help of a team of enthusiasts and committed volunteers, most of them working in GLAMs. No MuseumWeek without them!

If you would like to join, drop us an email at contact@museum-week.org

Museum Week 2022 takes place 13 – 19 June.  Visit the Museum Week website for more information and how to get involved.

Ghana’s Pan African Heritage Museum Launches Its Virtual Version

This article was first published by Travel Noire

As Travel Noire previously reported in February, Ghana will host the Pan African Heritage Museum. Scheduled to open in August 2023, the museum, the first of its kind in the world, will house archives, exhibits, galleries, and a theater, with the aim of being a key destination for visitors interested in connecting with Africa’s history and its people’s heritage. The museum will be located in Accra, Ghana’s capital. But if you want to experience a sample of this project, the Pan African Heritage World Museum has launched its digital version.

Coordinated by UNESCO, the Pan African Heritage World Museum, also known as Pan African Heritage Museum, is an international NGO-registered project inaugurated by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo. Projected to be completed for commissioning in August 2023, the Museum’s promoters have created the Digital Version of the galleries for public viewing.

In fact, it is a great opportunity for people of the world, and particularly Africans, to celebrate the continent’s unique cultural and natural heritage through the internet while the museum is under construction.

“This is a unique moment for us. We are making history, not just in presenting for the first time the history, cultural arts and achievements of Africans and people of African descent in one museum, we are also breaking grounds in giving the world the first Digital Museum ahead of physical construction, “ the Museum Founder and Executive Chairman Kojo Yankah said in a press release.

Kojo Yankah emphasized that the Pan African Heritage Museum, based in Ghana, Africa, is one more addition to the hundreds of museums across the world as it is distinguished by its mission to create in one site the heritage of a people from the beginning of the world civilization to the present. “It is unique for its vision, scope, and location on a hill; but even more relevant, it is created to Educate, Heal and Inspire generations to come! It is our contribution to the creation of better humanity! I welcome you to be a part of this unique journey.”

You can visit Ghana’s Pan African Heritage Museum here.

Book now for the free Reimagining Museums for Climate Action workshop on 30 May

Join UK and international colleagues from around the world at our final online Reimagining Museums for Climate Action workshop taking place in May 2022.

Reimagining Museums for Climate Action Workshop – Monday 30 May, 17:00 – 18:30 BST (UK time)

The workshop will not be recorded. Places are limited so please only register if you are able to attend and participate.

In 2021, the UK hosted COP26, the UN Climate Change conference. The importance of a wide range of sectors, specifically including museums, cultural and educational institutions, was recognised once more. What is climate action? How can we take part in it in our museums? How can we empower people to know, care and act on climate change, and what tools, frameworks and opportunities can we draw upon?

Climate action can seem complicated, but it can be really simple. This workshop is an opportunity for you to explore recent work on climate action through museums and to take part in discussions to share your own approaches and to learn from one another’s experiences. No experience of climate action is required.

This live and interactive workshop will draw on the Museums for Climate Action project, which produced an exhibition at COP26, website, book and practical toolkit for museum workers.

The workshop will be led by Henry McGhie of Curating Tomorrow, part of the Museums for Climate Action team and a member of the ICOM Sustainability Working Group.

This workshop has been developed as a partnership between UCL and ICOM UK.

Museums for Climate Action is supported by the AHRC.



Museums and climate change survey

NEMO is inviting you to contribute to a sustainable future in a time of climate emergency. Please dedicate 15 minutes of your time to our planet and take NEMO’s survey on museums and climate change.

Complete the survey HERE.

With this survey, NEMO will analyse the status quo of museums as they face the challenges posed by the climate. We will use this information to advocate on behalf of the European museum sector as we build a sustainable future together. Please answer all 9 themes, which we estimate will take 15 minutes in total.

The answers are anonymous. NEMO welcomes you to consult the GLOSSARY in case some concepts are unclear and suggests using Google Chrome as a browser if you wish to use the integrated Google Translate tool to read the questions in another language.

Learn more about NEMO at our website.