The Istituto Beni Culturali (IBACN) of the Region Emilia-Romagna was founded in 1974 to support and advise the Regional Government in policy making and act as an advisory body to local authorities in the field of cultural heritage, including museums, libraries, archives, natural and built heritage.

Its activities include: research, documentation and ICT, definition of methodologies for conservation, funding of restoration projects, setting of museum standards, training of professionals, publishing, development of public services and educational activities.