The 7 Principles
Principle 1- Access and Understanding
Interpretation and presentation programmes, in whatever form deemed
appropriate and sustainable, should facilitate physical and intellectual
access by the public to cultural heritage sites.
Principle 2 - Information Sources
Interpretation and presentation should be based on evidence gathered
through accepted scientific and scholarly methods as well as from living
Principle 3 - Context and setting
The Interpretation and Presentation of cultural heritage sites should relate
to their wider social, cultural, historical, and natural contexts and
Principle 4 - Authenticity
The Interpretation and presentation of cultural heritage sites must respect
the basic tenets of authenticity in the spirit of the Nara Document
Principle 5 - Sustainability
The interpretive plan for a cultural heritage site must be sensitive to its
natural and cultural environment, with social, financial, and environmental
sustainability among its central goals.
Principle 6 - Inclusiveness
The Interpretation and Presentation of cultural heritage sites must be
the result of meaningful collaboration between heritage professionals,
associated communities, and other stakeholders.
Principle 7 - Research, Evaluation and Training
Continuing research, training, and evaluation are essential components
of the interpretation of a cultural heritage site.