COVID-19 Resources for California Museums

California museums have stepped up to serve their communities during the COVID-19 quarantine. Many are providing digital content on their collections and exhibitions to support students, teachers, and the general public (see #MuseumfromHome below). Some museums have donated N95 masks, gloves, and other materials from their supplies to health care workers. 

At the same time, CAM is deeply concerned about the financial recovery of museums in the aftermath of this viral outbreak. California museums are experiencing unprecedented reductions in revenue (see survey results below). Our association has been actively sending letters to members of the California congressional delegation asking that museums be included in COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus packages. 

CAM has compiled a number of resources to support California museums in these challenging times. See links below. 

Survey Results: CAM Institutional Members & COVID-19

CAM recently conducted a survey of our member institutions to gauge the initial financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our state's museums and cultural organizations. We have prepared a one-page overview of these survey results that we have shared with State legislators, policymakers, and members of the California congressional delegation (PDF available for download below).

As expected, California museums are experiencing unprecedented reductions in revenue and are losing over $22 million a day due to the statewide shelter-in-place order necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. By May 1st, the California museum sector will have lost $929 million. Although most museums have maintained staffing levels as of April 3, 2020, 40% have cut back personnel costs with staff furloughs and/or layoffs. The full-time equivalent of the California museum workforce has decreased 10%.

How does your organization #MUSEUMFROMHOME?

Over 30,000 museums around the world have already shared content tagged with #museumfromhome. We truly applaud the creative efforts of California museums that are participating in the movement to engage their audiences from afar on social media.

Follow CAM @calmuseums on Instagram and tag us in your #museumfromhome posts for a chance to be reposted on our account.

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To help you navigate these uncertain times, here are some resources to inform your decision-making:

Remote working tips and professional development opportunities: