• What community?

    What community?

    The community served by the museum. This can be a community distinguished by geographic boundaries , by common interest , or by ethnicity. A museum may also serve a number of different communities.
  • The space in community museums

    The space in community museums

    As a community museum, your buildings and grounds must provide a safe and functional environment for visitors, staff, the collection and associated activities. This objective must be balanced with the need to preserve the integrity of heritage buildings as artifacts themselves, as well as archaeological resources present on the property.
  • Protect and preserve.

    Protect and preserve.

    As a community museum, you have a responsibility to protect and preserve the collection entrusted to your care, so that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from it.
  • Research.


    As a community museum, research is an ongoing activity and is reflected by your well-researched exhibits, interpretation, publications and educational programming, As well as helping staff researchers, you also have a responsibility to assist outside researchers.
  • Interpretation and education programs

    Interpretation and education programs

    As a community museum, your interpretation and education programs allow the community to interact more closely with your collections and information and reach audiences of all ages, interests and abilities.
  • Community museum exhibits.

    Community museum exhibits.

    As a community museum, your exhibits provide an important link between your community and its heritage.
  • The community’s heritage.

    The community’s heritage.

    As a community museum, the artifacts you keep represent your community’s heritage. To protect their value, you must maintain a well-organized, managed and documented collection.

Community Museums

A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

This definition is a reference in the international community.

According to the ICOM Statutes, adopted by the 22nd General Assembly in Vienna, Austria on August 24th, 2007.


Museum collections reflect the cultural and natural heritage of the communities from
which they have been derived. As such, they have a character beyond that of ordinary
property, which may include strong affinities with national, regional, local, ethnic,
religious or political identity. It is important therefore that museum policy is responsive
to this situation.