Nov. 15: The Digital Museum in the Age of Covid-19

This week we explore how museums can deliver content online. This, of course, has become especially important as museums around the world deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. How can museums continue to serve the public if its physical space is closed? How can museums provide compelling content within tight constraints? What will be the long term consequences for the the sector? And how should museums respond, not just to the pandemic, but also to the social and political moment?

Avi Decter and Ken Yellis suggest we need to move form “best practice” to “next practice.” Museums are under pressure from all sides to meet the challenges of the present political moment.

Smithsonian Magazine published an article on how the pandemic will change how museums are built. Sadly, many museums did not make it through the pandemic.

Explore the extensive material collected by the Network of European Museum Organizations. 

Insights from UNESCO and closer to home

Let’s consider some prescient ideas from Carly Straughan. What about Virtual Museums and tours? Have a look through some of the exhibits on The Virtual Museum of Canada, including the 2018 Public History Group Project.

The Smithsonian provides panoramas and there are easy to use and free platforms to create your own virtual museums. Here are just two examples: the Titanic Exhibit and Jessica Chernich’s (Class of 2020) final project.

What about digital tours? Let’s also return briefly to that discussion. What makes a fun tour? What about Museum Hack? Here is what they have to say about virtual tours.

Have a look at some of the guidelines and discussions for reopening and keeping galleries and exhibit space safe for visitors.