The coronavirus pandemic has had and will have an unprecedented impact on museums all over the world. To better understand the status quo and what might come next, we are analysing the results from a recent follow-up survey on COVID-19’s impact on the museum sector. We are continuing to support the museum sector with data and information about the situation and we are closely monitoring the second closures in an interactive map.
During the beginning of the pandemic, NEMO was quick in setting up a survey to map how museums are reacting to and coping with the sudden closures. Answers from almost 1000 museums from 48 countries were collected between 24 March and 30 April 2020. NEMO has analysed the data to track how museums in Europe have been affected in the first weeks and to predict how the situation might develop in the future. Based on the findings, NEMO is also offering recommendations to stakeholders at all levels.
NEMO is gathering recommendations, guidelines and news that are announced by and for museum organisations and museums across Europe.
As museums started to open again after the first closure, we were amazed by the many creative hygiene posters that they created.
In this NEMO Webinar from 6 May 2020, Sandro Debono, museum thinker and culture strategist, explores how institutions can sustain relevance over time even when circumstances dictate closure. It also provides practical suggestions as to how museums can keep sight of their communities' needs and ambitions as these evolve and change over time.
On 7 May 2020, NEMO joined the podcast episode Global voices: Europe - We're all stronger together to disucss how COVID-19 has impacted attractions in Europe.
Julia Pagel, Secretary General of NEMO, David Vuillaume, Director of the German Museums Association and Chair of NEMO, as well as Aleksandra Berberih-Slana, President of the Slovenian Museums Association and a NEMO Executive Board member, joined the podcast, which is produced by Dexibit.
In the podcast, Julia, David and Aleksandra are encouraging museums across Europe with the message 'We are stronger together'. They stress the importance for European venues learning from each other (particularly as some countries reopen, such as already occurring in Germany), the role of digital in the crisis and the financial challenges ahead for some European cultural institutions despite public funding, especially for those where that funding is now at risk. Plus, insight highlights from NEMO's recent survey of COVID-19 impacts in Europe.