National Historic Museum at Tirana, Albania is one of the museums at high risk.
National Historic Museum at Tirana, Albania is one of the museums at high risk. Image: Dori Wikimedia CC BY SA 3.0

Many Museums Won’t Survive the Virus. How Do You Close One Down?

All but 5-7 percent of museums around the world are functioning right now due to COVID-19 lockdown. There is a real danger that many small museums will not survive this crisis.

Gravity of the situation differs from country to country: in France, museums are “undisposable” meaning you cannot sell a museum. In America, museums relying on philanthropy and income from tickets are the most vulnerable. And shutting museums is not just a matter of turning off lights: collections need to be transferred carefully which is a painstaking and an expensive job.

To find out which important European museums are shutting shops, log on to New York Times.

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