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 launched a survey to map COVID-19’s impact on the museum sector. We are supporting the museum sector with data and information about the situation as well as monitoring re-opening dates in an interactive map, which we are illustrating further with best practices and policies.
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.
After getting an overview of the impact that COVID-19 has had on museums and how they are reacting to and coping with the pandemic, we are looking more closely at the re-opening of museums in Europe. With the help of our members, we have created a map that gives a quick overview of European countries' plans to re-open museums to the public. If managed well and if appropriate security and safety measures are adopted, there is no reason to keep museums closed.
NEMO's survey mostly caters to the European museum community but there are also excellent recommendations and guidelines from different countries across Europe.
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.