The International Council of Museums (a Paris-based non-profit representing museums) has referred to museums as a "non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public. The institution acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”
Beginning in 2016, this definition has been under a long and wrought revision process. Speaking to the New York Times, Rick West, the president of the Autry National Center of the American West claimed that the revision has resulted in conflicts that have seen many resigning from the council. West was quoted saying the following:
After being closed since March 2020, Cape Town-based Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened its doors on 22 October 2020 with an exhibition reflecting the seven-month long lockdown.