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About the new definition of a 21st century museum

Teresa Reyes Bellmunt

Publication date: 01/07/2021


Museums are a reflection of the present society, which is why their definition evolves along with the changes it experiences. ICOM has been changing the definition of “museum” over its seventy-five years of existence, and now is the time for a new push to update it so that it fits the reality of 21st century museums. After some setbacks, there is currently a well-defined methodology that gives the opportunity to participate openly to the entire museum sector around the world, with the aim of gaining its approval at the next General Conference, to be held in Prague during the Summer of 2022.