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COVID-19/coronavirus Updates for Museums

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:48 AM | Della Hall (Administrator)

Updated 3/19/2020 11:28am.

Governor's order closing all libraries, archives and museums through 3/31

On Monday, March 16, Governor Mike Dunleavy issued his second Covid-19 health mandate. By order of the Governor, all libraries, archives, and museums shall be closed from March 17 through March 31. All public programs and events scheduled to be held within and around these facilities are suspended at this time. Staff in libraries, archives, and museum will continue to serve the public through telephone, web, and other modes that preserve the highest degree of social distancing possible.

Additional information can be found at:


COVID-19 Survey For Alaska Museums

Yesterday Alaska museum directors received an invitation to take part in a survey to gauge the economic impacts of the museum closures and tourism fallout. The data was shared with Alaska’s Congressional delegation. If your museum has not yet taken the survey, please do. This data will help Alaska museums with advocacy and understand how we can help one another during this time. The survey link is here.

COVID-19 Survey for Alaska Nonprofits 

Are you a nonprofit museum? If so, please consider completing this survey from the Foraker Group. The information from Foraker’s survey will help Alaska’s non-profits and grant-makers prepare for recovery.

Resources for Museums with regard to COVID-19/coronavirus

The American Alliance of Museums has released a directory of resources and recommendations for museums with regard to the growing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States. View these resources here.

The Alaska State Museum Office of Statewide Services maintains a directory of resources for emergency and crisis, including important updated resources for COVID-19. View these resources here.

SBA Loans for Nonprofits

The Small Business Association is making low-interest loans available to non-profits affected by coronavirus. Learn more here.

Tell your legislators to include Museums in COVID-19 economic stimulus packages

The American Alliance of Museums has calculated that museums are losing at least $33 million a day due to closures as a result of COVID-19, will be in desperate need of significant federal support and that we needed to urge the U.S. Congress to include at least $4 billion for nonprofit museums in economic relief legislation to provide emergency assistance through June. Museums Alaska has signed on to this letter urging Congress to support museums.

Take Action TODAY: Use this information to craft your own letter, or use the template shared on AAM's website. Find your legislators' contact information here.

Distance Networking

Museums Alaska will be holding a "distance networking" event this Friday, March 20th at 12:00pm. Join to check in with your colleagues (from a safe distance!) using Zoom meeting software. If there are many participants, we will assign participants into "breakout rooms". Connect by following this link at 12pm on Friday: https://zoom.us/j/9074745484.

Stay In the Loop

Make sure you are signed up to receive updates from Museums Alaska: http://eepurl.com/dakc55

Make sure you are signed up for the AKMuseums Listserv: http://list.state.ak.us/mailman/listinfo/akmuseums

Professional Development Opportunities

The Alaska State Museum Office of Statewide Services maintains a calendar of opportunities for Alaska museums, including many new virtual or distance opportunities to support museums in response to COVID-19. The resources can be found here.

Museums Alaska is also currently piloting a series of webinars through the month of June. Information and registration for those can be found here.

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