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May 29, 2020

Museums, museum professionals and COVID-19: ICOM and UNESCO release their full reports COVID-19

An ICOM survey raises concerns about the difficulties faced by museums and museum professionals in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the activities of museums all over the world,
threatening their financial survival and the livelihood of thousands of museum professionals. The International Council of Museums responded to the emergency by quickly adapting its work to better respond to the difficulties of its network.
To gather information on how the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is affecting and will affect
the cultural sector in the short and long term, ICOM launched a global survey to analyse
the impact of lockdowns. The survey covered 5 themes: the current situation for museums
and staff, predicted economic impact, digital and communication, museum security and
conservation of collections, freelancer museum professionals.
The report has analysed almost 1,600 responses from museums and museum professionals, in 107 countries and across continents, which were collected between 7 April and 7 May 2020.
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