Held every three years, the General Conference brings together the international museum community to discuss a theme chosen by museum professionals. Some 2,000 to 4,000 museum experts and museum professionals come together for an entire week to discuss, exchange ideas and reflect on museum-related issues. The last ICOM General Conference was held in Milan, Italy from 3 to 9 July, 2016 on the theme Museums and Cultural Landscapes and gathered around 4,000 participants.

The next ICOM General Conference will take place in Kyoto, Japan from 1 to 7 September, 2019. The bidding procedure is now open for the hosting of ICOM’s next General Conference in 2022. All active ICOM National Committees can apply. For more details on the bidding process, please consult the Bidding Manual.

More information on ICOM and previous and upcoming General Conferences is available at What we do/Activities/General Conference