Introduction I am working on the final edits of the Designing Museum Experiences manuscript. One of the most difficult numbers is the impact of COVID-19. As of today, more than 10,000 museums worldwide may close permanently.. Impact Worldwide In 2020, UNESCO estimated that there are 95,000 museums worldwide, and predicts 10% permanently close (9,500 museums worldwide close permanently). “The study reveals that …
An “Open Letter” regarding how to remake museums for a post-COVID-19 world.
“a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.“
– International Council of Museums ICOM, Museum definition, adopted by the 22nd General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, on 24 August 2007
The Museum Visitor Experience book methodology is called; Museum 360 a way to create visitor-centered and community-centered museums.
The advantage of the Museum 360 approach outlined in the book is two-fold. First, the process creates a diverse, equitable, and inclusive visitor experience for all community members. Secondly, the Museum 360 process creates sustainable institutions that can minimize the effects of market disruptions.
Wishing all health, happiness and love in 2021 – Mark Walhimer
I think we all have a sense of equity, if something bad is happening something good should result. COVID-19 has forever changed museums; the American Alliance of Museums is predicting that between 20% and 40% of museums will permanently close due to Coronavirus[i]. That is “bad”, a “good” needs to come from this seismic shift to museums.
Introduction Since March 17th 2020 and the start of my Coronavirus quarantine, I have worked on a Strategic Plan for a museum in Tennessee, worked as an AAM MAP reviewer and worked on my new book Museum Visitor Experience. I am sure as everyone else, some days are better than others. Often it is difficult to have the concentration to …
COVID-19 has changed museums, and we will be facing a new museum reality for at least the next year.
COVID-19 resources for museums; including staff planning, communication planning and collection emergency planning resources.