To qualify as an ICOM member, you must:

  • be a museum or an institution recognized by ICOM as they are defined in the Statutes*
  • be a museum professional or a person or an institution interested in the museum community evolution
  • accept and respect the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums

The people or institutions –including the staff- who sell cultural goods (objects, natural and scientific specimens) cannot become members.To a wider extent, this restriction applies to any person or institution that carries out activities that might lead to a conflict of interest with ICOM’s activity.


Categories of members

You can join ICOM Philippines as an Individual member or as an Institutional member.

Individual members are:

  1. Persons working full-time or part-time as museum professionals, as defined in Article 2, § 2 of the Statutes;
  2. Students preparing for a career as a museum professional;
  3. Retired museum professionals;

In a limit of 10% of the National Committees’ workforce, other persons who, because of their experience or professional services they have rendered to ICOM for one of ICOM’s programs or for a National or International Committee, are deemed worthy of being a member of ICOM.


Institutional members are:

  1. Institutions designated as museums;
  2. the following institutions, qualified as museums, are eligible to seek membership to ICOM:
  • Natural, archaeological and ethnographic monuments and sites and historical monuments and sites with museum-related activities including acquisition, conservation, and making material evidence of peoples and their environment;
  • Institutions holding collections and displaying live specimens of plants and animals, such as botanical and zoological gardens, aquaria and vivaria;
  • Science centers and planetaria;
  • Non-profit art galleries as well as conservation institutes and exhibition galleries maintained by libraries and archive centers;
  • Nature reserves;
  • National, regional or local museum organizations as well as public agencies (ministries, departments or organizations) responsible for museums as defined in this Article;
  • Non-profit institutions or organizations undertaking research in areas of conservation, education, training, documentation, as well as other activities relating to museums and museology;
  • Cultural centers and other institutions that facilitate the preservation, perpetuation and management of tangible and intangible heritage resources including living heritage and the creation of digital artefacts.