Description: Museums across the world are now gingerly emerging from lockdown after a period of temporary closures caused by COVID-19. However, it won’t be business as usual as organizations cope with new health and safety regulations. Health screening, online ticket reservations, enforced social distancing, and sanitizing stations are just some of the ways your next museum visit might look different from the past. Museums and cultural institutions have to comply with new government-mandated health and safety protocols and find ways to entice visitors back, many of whom are now wary of spending time in enclosed spaces with strangers, all while dealing with the economic strife caused by the shutdowns.
During this session, you will hear from leaders from 4 museums that have gone through a temporary closure due to Covid-19 and have now reopened to the public. They will be covering topics such as closing decisions and actions, impacts on staff and institution finances, collections management, reopening strategies and lessons learned, and what museum life will be like living with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future. After brief presentations on how their institutions dealt with these issues, please join our panelists for a question and answer period.
President and COO of the International Spy Museum
Acting Under Secretary for Administration, Smithsonian Institution
Chief Operating Officer for Museum of the Bible
Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at the National Gallery of Art
Director of Cultural Heritage Protection and Security at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London