Map of digital responses by museums during the Coronavirus pandemic

Chiara Zuanni, University of Graz, has gathered data on museums’ digital activities during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The project summarises trajectories of this sudden digital transformation, reflects on its consequences, and presents a project aimed at mapping museums’ digital responses to the pandemic.

In an article in Cultural Practice - The Magazine of the Institute for Cultural Practices, Chiara Zuanni writes that “In the last four months, almost all museums around the world have been temporarily closed (90% of them, UNESCO 2020). The long-term impact, as in many other areas of our society, is going to emerge only gradually and is going to be multifaceted. On the one hand, it is clear that the sector will suffer a significant financial impact, following months without revenue and a likely reduced number of tourists over the summer. On the other hand, these months have seen the cultural sector rushing to offer audiences a variety of online ways to engage with heritage content and participate remotely in arts events. Museums, in particular, increased their digital activities by 15% (ICOM 2020): this Insight focuses on this sudden, and arguably forced, growth in the online activities of museums.”

The project is on-going and new contributions are welcomed. Both NEMO's report on COVID-19's impact on museums and the map of re-openings are referenced.