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Main issues concerning North American museums during COVID-19 in 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit the museum sector hard with many institutions across the globe having to close to the public. According to a November 2020 study, roughly 78 percent of surveyed museum employees and governance in North America were concerned about having to reduce opening hours due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, about half of the respondents expressed concern about the staff downsizing.

Share of museum employees concerned about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in North America in 2020, by museum activity

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Release date

November 2020


North America

Survey time period

September 7 to October 18, 2020

Number of respondents

approx. 900*

Special properties

North American museum employees and governance

Supplementary notes

* The source specifies that North American museums accounted for 9.1 percent of the 900 museums (approximately) involved in the survey.

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