Responding to COVID-19

With the growing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States, museums must be well prepared for potential outbreaks as public spaces, employers for over 726,000 individuals, and institutions that hold significant public trust. The American Alliance of Museums has compiled resources to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.

Please click the button below to access resources from AAM.

If you’re thinking of donating supplies to your local hospital, please call them first! Hospitals are happy to take donations of nitrile gloves and N95 respirator masks. Please note that hospitals may not accept hand-sewn masks.

If you are part of a larger community network, we recommend that you designate one or two individuals from your museum network to collect supplies and bring them to a local hospital. The more we can minimize exposure, the better.

The Association of Science and Technology Centers has developed a resource page for science centers and technology museums.

The Association of Art Museum Directors has developed a resource page for museum professionals in response to COVID-19.

Resources include articles on talking to your staff and how art museums are responding.

Centers for Disease Control Webpage on COVID-19

Take care of your mental health, too.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has developed an article to help you work through this COVID-19 outbreak. For the article, “Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty”, please click the button below.


A message to all Building Museums 2020 Attendees

If you attended Building Museums™ in Chicago, we’d like to ask for your assistance in quelling the spread of the disease.
Please note that as of 3/23/2020, no one that attended Building Museums has reported any cases of COVID-19.
What to do if you do acquire COVID-19
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office. Once you do seek medical care, follow the doctor’s orders for care or for in-home isolation
  • Notify your employer
  • Notify us by email or phone if you acquire COVID-19 within the next two weeks.
    • or call (607) 431-8248
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control’s website:
For Information for the Museum Field on COVID-19, please refer to AAM’s resources:

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