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How a Secret Weapon Normally Used to Keep Precious Artworks Clean Is Helping Museums Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

As it has become clear that the novel coronavirus spreads primarily via airborne transmission, museums that already have sophisticated HVAC systems are finding they are pre-adapted for …

We’re a Group of Museum Directors Who Pooled Resources During the Pandemic. Here’s Why Others Should Consider Doing the Same

How six museums formed the Philadelphia Collaborative Arts Consortium to jointly tackle pandemic challenges. One core project: developing structures to jointly fundraise and equitably …

The Rijksmuseum Had Its Lowest Attendance Last Year Since 1964. But Its Digital Audience Has Grown by Leaps and Bounds

Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum, which was closed for much of last year, had its lowest attendance in decades in 2020. At the same time, the museum experienced a 23 percent increase in the …

Cash-Strapped Museums Looking for New Audiences Are Increasingly Doing Exhibits-for-Hire

A growing trend in the museum sector might scandalize traditionalists but is quickly being embraced by cash-strapped institutions: sponsored content. On either side of the Atlantic, …

Our Museum Is Considered a Leader in Equity and Inclusion. Here’s What We’ve Done—and Why We Have a Long, Long Way to Go

The Oakland Museum of California was born in the shadow of racial division and protest. We opened our doors in 1969 amid the demonstrations to free Huey Newton, founder of the Black …

‘We’re Holding Down the Fort’: How Guards, Groundskeepers, and Collections Managers Across the US Are Doing Their Jobs in Shuttered Museums

It's been roughly two months since museums across the US, both big and small, were forced to shutter abruptly. Most of them had to do so with only a few days notice, meaning there was …

By Redeploying Her Staff in Some Ingenious New Ways, the Director of Texas’s Blanton Museum Has Managed to Avoid Job Cuts Entirely

As museums shuttered throughout the US, many were forced to cut staff through layoffs and furloughs, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Broad in Los Angeles. But …

People Need Art in Times of Crisis. That’s Why Museums Should Be Among the First Institutions to Reopen for Business—Here’s How

September 11, 2001, was a Tuesday. By that weekend, many of New York City's museums had reopened, free to the public. I remember seeing the faces of the visitors and how communing inside …

‘Nothing Prepares You for This’: Top UK Museum Directors Reveal What It Takes to Put an Art Institution on Lockdown

The directors of London's biggest art museums, like many of their colleagues across Europe and North America before them, were faced with little choice but to abruptly close their …

Conservators at the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Are Donating Their Face Masks and Gloves to Front-Line Medical Workers

Conservators at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are rounding up their supplies of face masks and surgical gloves to donate to medical workers in hospitals, who are in urgent need of …

Hong Kong Quickly Shutters Its Museums and Public Spaces to Stop the Spread of the Deadly Coronavirus

Museums and other public institutions across China closed last week in a country-wide effort to stop the transmission of the deadly coronavirus, which was first identified in the city of …

Artificial Intelligence Is Revealing Secrets About How the Ghent Altarpiece Was Made—and Damaged

Researchers have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to decode x-ray images of the Ghent Altarpiece, the 15th-century masterpiece by brothers Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck at …
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Telling overlooked stories at New-York Historical Society

Category: Education & Interpretation

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has announced a $140m expansion of its building on Central Park West. This will add more than 70,000 square feet of space to the …

Getty launches YouTube series for ‘art curious’ audiences

Category: Surveys & Reports

The Getty has launched a YouTube series called 'Becoming Artsy', available to stream weekly and hosted by the museum's senior creative producer Jessie Hendricks. 'Becoming Artsy' was …

BayEcotarium urges Gov. Newsom to allocate 1% of Climate Action funds toward Museum driven STEAM Education in California

Category: Environmental Sustainability

On Indigenous Peoples Day, Bay Ecotarium President & CEO, George Jacob called upon California Governor Gavin Newsom to allocate 1% of the $15 billion announced towards Climate Action …

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