Museums and COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Mark Walhimer COVID-19, Human Resources, Museum Marketing Leave a Comment

Museums resources and covid-19
OVID-19 Cell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances

– Victor Frankl, Man’s Search For Ultimate Meaning


Museum COVID-19 Planning

  1. Form a COVID-19 task force and command room
  2. Monitor updates from CDC, WHO and the AAM
  3. Communicate with visitors, vendors, volunteers, and Board Members of closures
  4. Create a communications plan
  5. Put into action emergency collection plan (see documents below)
  6. Develop contingency plans for visitors and museum functions (online events ? new videos YouTube ? Online activities ?)
  7. Develop HR action plan
  8. Develop plan for essential staff to be on site
  9. Ongoing communication with your employees
  10. Prepare for media inquiries
  11. Notify vendors of changing plans
  12. Cooperation with area non-profits
  13. Continue to remind donors of the greater need for funding
  14. Plan for the future

COVID-19 Resources:

Examples of COVID-19 Communication

Museum Emergency Planning Resources

How To Talk About COVID-19

How Some Organizations are Facing COVID-19


  1. “We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”
  2. Who and what is ‘civil society?
  3. Civil society

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