American museums: What is the basic cultural supply?

Many New Yorkers were looking forward to in the morning. In the city, the museums really should be on 20. July, may open, but Governor Andrew Cuomo changed the

American museums: What is the basic cultural supply?

Many New Yorkers were looking forward to in the morning. In the city, the museums really should be on 20. July, may open, but Governor Andrew Cuomo changed the rules for the fourth Phase of the re-opening due to the Corona-risk of Infection. So there is still no food in the interior of Restaurants, and no walks through the endless halls of the Metropolitan Museum on Central Park.

The largest art Museum in the country, setting the pace for the other houses in New York, when it comes to the re-opening. As it announced in March its closure, followed by the other institutions on the foot. At the end of August, the Museum will open its doors again. Other houses, such as the American Museum of Natural History announced that visitors could return in the first half of September. It is expected that museums will only receive a quarter of the other approved audience. In the natural history Museum has a "pay what you want"-rule yet, but in the future, at least in numbers of visitors from outside of $ 23. Other houses are likely to increase the admission prices.

Private lenders and state aid

Because the biggest challenges for the re-opening are of a financial nature. In the United States, there are more than 35,000 museums. On average, they receive a quarter of their money from the state. The Rest comes from donations and entrance fees. Because the Latter are eliminated now, try the museums, more than ever, private donors, and advertise in Washington and in the States of state aid.

The largest industry organization, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), interviewed in June 750 Museum Directors on the future prospects of their houses. Thereafter, the AAM has warned that up to a third of all museums in the country permanently sealing could make.

Save and invest

According to the organization 726.000 Make depend, directly or indirectly, of the exhibition houses. These contribute fifty billion dollars a year to the U.S. gross national product. At the time all of the museums would lose in the United States 33 million dollars per day. Revenues have disappeared due to the pandemic almost overnight, and many institutions would not recover from said AAM President Laura Lott.

If to the 12,000 museums would have to give up, is the "devastating for communities, the economy, school systems, and our cultural history". Of the houses, which could save, it would open the Association's survey showed that forty percent only with a reduced workforce again – you would have to save money, but at the same time more in safety and hygiene measures invest, so Lott. The vast majority of American museums have financial reserves for one year only or less. The AAM had demanded, therefore, already in March, the Congress should help the museums with four billion dollars.

Updated Date: 06 August 2020, 11:19

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