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 Preparations for the Kyoto conference are in full swing. There is already the conference website which provides general information. All major museums of Japan are actively involved in the preparation of the first ever conference of ICOM in Japan. The beautiful city of Kyoto provides a splendid venue. Kyoto is known for its rich tangible and intangible heritage.

Rukuon-ji or Temple of the Golden Pavilion (© Nora Kennedy 2019)

The ICOM General Conferences attract delegates in the range of 2500-3000 in a range of about 140 countries. This is an excellent opportunity for all ICOM members to understand the functioning of ICOM and the depth and breadth of the organization. The sessions and technical excursions allow opportunities for exchanging ideas and broadening perspectives with international committee members on overlapping issues. In addition to the plenary sessions highlighted with keynote speeches on topics pertinent to the field of culture, the strengthening of symbiotic relationships between the 30 International Committees and between the 121 National Committees are some of the expected outcomes of the conference. In addition to the rich academic programme of General ICOM Conference over the 5-day conference, Kyoto museums and cultural precincts will host evening receptions, providing the chance to socialize with colleagues from around the world.



ICOM-CC will have Joint Meetings with the following International Committees of ICOM on topics such as ethics of conservation, museum storage, preventive conservation:


ICOM-CC Sessions at Kyoto


ICOM-CC Off-Site Day - Thursday 5 September

 In addition, ICOM-CC will sponsor an off-site meeting  to Nara, Japan, to visit the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and the Nara National Museum. Professionals at the National Research Institute will discuss post-tsunami 2011 treatments of damaged artefacts. While in Nara there will also be opportunities to visit UNESCO listed temples. 

The sin-up for the Nara Off-site is now open. Spaces are limited, so please contact as soon as possible.

In addition to the ICOM-CC off-site offering, the Kyoto Conference organisers have planned numerous programmed visits.

Download the programme for the ICOM-CC Off-site to Nara.


ICOM-CC Post-Conference Tour in Tohoku Region 

Together with invaluable planning and support from the ICOM Kyoto 2019 Organising Committee and the Organising Committee for the ICOM-CC’s Post-Conference Tour in Tohoku (spearheaded by ICOM-CC Kyoto liaison, Reiko Sakaki, Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo) ICOM-CC is offering a 4-day post-conference tour in the Tohoku Region of Japan. 

On March 11th, 2011, devastating earthquakes and tsunami hit the Tohoku region, and many museums and cultural heritages sites and objects in this region suffered serious damage. Since then, the staff of these museums have dedicated enormous time and resources to rescuing damaged objects and to conserving and restoring them. On this post-conference tour, we will visit some of the museums that suffered from this disastrous phenomenon, and hear the experiences of the museum personnel.

Among the institutions we will visit:

  • Fukushima Cultural Property Centre / Shirakawa branch (Fukushima Prefecture)
  • Tohoku History Museum, Rias-Ark Museum of Arts (Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Rikuzentakata City Museum, Iwate Prefectural Museum (Iwate Prefecture)


Registration fee (including transportation, accommodations and tax): €477 or 60,420JPY

We hope that this post-conference tour will be a good opportunity to think about how to prepare for disasters that may occur anytime and anywhere, and how to cope with them.

The tour is open to all ICOM General Conference delegates. We look forward to your participation!

This tour is a post-conference activity from Sunday 8 - Wednesday 11 September 2019.

For further details and full itinerary, please check the flyer.
For question regarding the tour, registration and payment:

Download the registration form.

Download informational flyer with itinerary.



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