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COVID-19 impact on digital activities of North American museums as of May 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced several museums worldwide to close to the public, many institutions incremented their digital activities. According to a May 2020 study, roughly 47 percent of the surveyed museums in North America increased their social media activities after the lockdown. Meanwhile, about 21 percent of institutions involved in the survey claimed to have started offering online exhibitions after the lockdown.

Share of North American museums starting or increasing digital activities after the lockdown as of May 2020

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Release date

May 2020


North America

Survey time period

April 7 to May 7, 2020

Number of respondents

approx. 1,600*

Special properties

North American museum employees and governance

Supplementary notes

*The source specifies that North American museums accounted for 20 percent of the 1,600 museums (roughly) involved in the survey.

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