85,000, or 90% of museums around the world have closed for visitors

Source: Unesco

Studies conducted by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) confirm that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Artguide reports.

Nearly 13% of museums around the world may never reopen. Only 5% of museums in Africa and Small Island Developing States were able to offer online content for their audiences.

According to UNESCO, the number of museums around the world has increased by almost 60% since 2012 to around 95,000.

The growth demonstrates the important place that the sector has taken in national cultural policies over the past decade. However, the study reveals wide disparities, with Africa and Small Island Developing States together accounting for only 1.5% of the total number of museums worldwide.

“We are fully aware of and confident in the tenacity of museum professionals to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ICOM President Suay Aksoy. “However, the museum field cannot survive on its own without the support of the public and private sectors. It is imperative to raise emergency relief funds and to put in place policies to protect professionals and self-employed workers on precarious contracts.”

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