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Links and Resources for New York State's Museums during covid-19


We have always been about staying connected. In the coming weeks, we will focus on keeping you informed and supported in this difficult time. In addition to our virtual communication networks built into our website for MANY members to connect, we have gathered a list of local and national resources.

We will be updating this list regularly.

For more information or any questions please contact MANY staff by emailing info@nysmuseums.org or calling 518 273 3400

To connect with the MANY community, please join our MANY Members Facebook Group. 

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill

F.A.Q. Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Interim Guidance for Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment

NY Reopening Phase 4 Guidelines—museums are included in Phase 4!


COVID-19 Impact on

NYS Museums Report

In April 2020, the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) published its findings of a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on museums in Europe. The Museum Association of New York was given permission by NEMO to use their survey questions to generate a comparable dataset for New York Museums in order to convey the impact of this public health crisis on our sector. 

Click here to read our report.

AAM's National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on United State Museums

Click here to read the report

American Association for Museum Volunteers

COVID-19 Impact on Volunteer Programs Survey Results

Click here to read the report

Culture Track Reports

Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis

Key Findings from Wave 1



Re-Opening Museums

Regional Historic Site Reopening Guidelines

NYS Phase 4 Re-opening Guidelines

Governor Cuomo's Additional Guidelines for Phased Plan to Re-open New York

The Road Forward: NEA Reopening Best Practices

List of Resources from the Association of Children's Museums

AAM Resource Guide for Reopening

Visitor Experience Group: Reopening Your Institution

COVID-19 Glossary—Multi-language translations (helpful for museum signage)

National Institute of Environmental Health Services Worker Training Program for COVID-19

Corning Museum of Glass Reopening Plans

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit

Recommendations for Reopening: Art Industries

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Child Care, Schools, and Youth Programs

Back to Work Safely

Re-Opening Your Volunteer Opportunities

Exploring the Future of "Hands-On" Museum Exhibits

Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learning Spaces

COVID-19 Basics: Re-Entry to Cultural Sites Video 3   

Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections

Post Covid Balancing Act: A Strategy Primer for Museums

Workflow Recommendations For Reopening Museums  

Tips & Strategies For Reopening Museums After Covid-19 Closures

Preparing to Reopen - Strategy, Planning & Process on the Road to Reopening Museums

Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit

GUIDELINE EXAMPLES (from the Museum Association of Arizona)

Best Practice Recommendations for Reopening Your Museum
Iowa Museum Association 

Museum “Open to the Public” Guideline Considerations  
Oklahoma Museums Association

Precautions for Museums during Covid-19 Pandemic
International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM)

Covid-19/Reopening Resources
Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums

How Museums in China Are Reopening Post-COVID-19 
Dragon Trail Interactive

COVID-19 Opening Protocol
Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites  


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