COVID-19 side-effects: 13 per cent of museums shut during lockdown may never open again, World


COVID-19 side-effects: 13 per cent of museums shut during lockdown may never open again

The Coronavirus attack has been brutal on not only humans but everything that the humans created and preserved with love and care. The latest example of COVID-19 destruction is museums. According to the United Nations cultural agency, nearly 13 per cent of the museums shut down around the world may never see the light of the day ever again! Reportedly, nearly 90 percent of the museums were shuttered globally because of the Coronavirus lockdown.

The news was shared on the occasion of the International Museum Day on Monday. The two studies were conducted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM), stating how badly museums have been affected by the ongoing pandemic.

The studies further said that almost 90 per cent of museums (nearly 85000 institutions) had to shut down for a long time because of the crisis situation.

“Nearly 13 per cent of museums around the world may never reopen,” the two agencies warned in an official statement. The studies that were meant to calculate the impact of the Coronavirus on museums and museum institutions had museum professionals and member states involved.

Though most of the big museums were offering online tours to their viewers, in places such as Africa and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), only 5 per cent of them were able to deliver online content.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres tweeted that museums may have been closed for sometime but they still are a source of knowledge and discovery for many – now through virtual tours in particular.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay also stressed on the importance of the museums and said that these play a vital role in the resilience of societies and that “we must help them cope with this crisis and keep them in touch with their audiences”.

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