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ICOM membership gives the opportunity of joining a network of more than 28,000 museum professionals of all disciplines, working in 137 countries all over the world.

As an ICOM member, you will be invited to participate in the debates and scientific exchanges of the international museum community. You may also take part in discussions concerning the future of the museum - your - profession.

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ICOM has 31 International Committees, each devoted to the study of a particular type of museum (museums of fine art, science or literature) or to a specific museum-related discipline (conservation, education, documentation, etc.). By becoming a member of any one of these committees you will have the opportunity to exchange specialist information at an international level with colleagues who share the same professional interest.

Being an ICOM member involves adhering to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, a general set of ethical rules for museums and museum professionals.

As part of your membership benefits, you will receive an ICOM card that allows free entry or entry at reduced rates to member museums all over the world.

You will also receive our quarterly newsletter, ICOM News, free of charge. In each issue you will find information on professional topics related to museum development, our organization's activities, as well as a list of contacts of ICOM's various component bodies (Committees, Affiliated Organizations, Executive Council. Secretariat).

Finally, as a member of ICOM you will be able to join one of ICOM's International Affiliated Organizations.

Updated: 27 May 2010