Between April 6-30, 2021, AAM and Seattle-based Wilkening Consulting conducted the third
iteration of a survey of museum directors to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the museum
field. The survey tracked some metrics the Alliance began to collect in June 2020, as well as
assessing the overall impact to museums’ financial condition in the past year. Museum directors
responded to the AAM survey on behalf of their organizations, representing a broad crosssection
of the field geographically, by size, and by discipline.
The results of this survey document profound damage inflicted on US museums by the
pandemic, but also reveals some optimism about recovery.