13% museums may never reopen
Nearly 13% of the museums around the world may never reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s cultural agency has warned.
On the occasion of International Museum Day on Monday, two studies by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Council of Museums said that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 90% of them, or more than 85,000 institutions, having closed their doors for varying lengths of time during the crisis.
Furthermore, in Africa and the Small Island Developing States, only 5% of museums were able to offer online content to their audiences.
The two studies were aimed at assessing the impact of COVID-19 on museums and museum institutions. They were also aiming to find out how the sector had adapted to the pandemic and explore ways to support institutions in its aftermath.