As the pandemic took over the world, museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions closed their doors to adhere to new social distancing regulations. But don't worry. Bored Panda is here to help. We put together a list of cool museum exhibits so you could get your fix of culture even before these places open up again. And we included something for every taste as well. We're talking a WWII mannequin that looks like Bruce Willis. A miniature Volkswagen Beetle that found its way into a beetle collection. You name it. So continue scrolling and check out the entries. They should please your inner snob in no time.
This Powerful Quote At The End Of The Holocaust Museum In Washington
2020 was a time of crisis, innovation, anxiety, and introspection for all businesses, and museums were no different. Large galleries in cities which rely on international tourism found travel bans nearly ruinous to their business models. Some smaller regional museums, however, discovered a surprising upside as their institutions emerged as symbols of good, collaborative creativity in their communities.
Nearly every museum in the US has upped its digital offerings with online exhibits, curator video chats, and virtual kids’ activities. Many are also re-thinking their reach and collections in a time of accelerated technological change and turmoil in the U.S., debating how racial and social injustice are reflected in their art.
Art Museum That Was Closed Due To Virus Outbreak Rearranged Exhibition So It Can Be Seen From Outside - Day Or Night. Salo, Finland
From a practical, COVID-fighting standpoint, directors and staffers have learned everything they could about the mechanics of their workplaces, including ventilation and airborne virus transmission. Such knowledge tipped many institutions to open back up in the summer with safety precautions (masks, social distancing) and to close down again when coronavirus infections surged in November.
The Two-Sided Statue Of Mephistopheles And Margaretta (19th Century) At The Salar Jung Museum In India. The Sculpture Is Carved Out Of A Single Log Of Sycamore Wood. Artist Unknown
“With decision-making, we are trying to be as clear, fair, and transparent as we can. Everyone was looking at the infection rate and knew it was a matter of when, not if we closed again,” Hayley Haldeman, the Mattress Factory’s interim executive director, told National Geographic. “It’s a double-edged sword, both sides blunt and painful. There’s not much more we [could have done] in 2020.”
There Is A Tiny Museum In Kyoto, Japan With Some Very Unusual Opening Hours
This Tiny UFO That Crash Landed On The Wall Of A Technology Museum
Dips and spikes in virus cases meant galleries in London, Paris, and Rome reopened at the start of summer and closed again in the fall during new coronavirus waves and lockdowns. In the U.S., the American Alliance of Museums found that a third of the 850 museums surveyed were still shuttered in October and more than 10 percent were worried about never reopening. In some smaller U.S. cities, the crisis has spurred museum directors to spearhead bold and creative efforts to survive.
Took A Trip Out To Peabody Essex Museum Last Weekend. This Exhibit Didn’t Disappoint
This Museum Taking A Shot At FedEx In One Of Their Displays
Pittsburgh, a city of 300,000 people, which has 50 museums and cultural centers, has a legacy of its industrial wealth in the early 20th century. Steven Knapp, the new executive of the four Carnegie Museums, started February 1, 2020, just weeks before a government-mandated shutdown hit Pennsylvania.
During the early days of the pandemic, Knapp and leaders from other local institutions jumped on twice-a-month Zoom calls to discuss safety standards and reopening protocols.
“Exploded” Ford Model T At The Henry Ford Museum Of Innovation
This Museum In Berlin Has ‘Touchable’ Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind People
“For a city of its size, Pittsburgh is one of the richest cultural cities in the nation. We wanted people to come back and to feel they had a good experience,” Knapp explained.
This meant that, when museums began letting tourists back in during the summer, with social-distancing stickers on the floors, guards enforcing mask-wearing, and, at most venues, timed-entry tickets.
This Sign At An Outdoor Exhibit For A Museum
The Henry Ford Museum In Detroit Is Home To The Actual Bus That Rosa Parks Protested On
"In July we were seeing a quarter of the normal flow. [At the end of December, we were] seeing 40 to 50 percent and are up to 80 percent of the participation of 2019,” said Knapp. “It’s just been a question of managing the flow and keeping those one-way traffic patterns.”
Our Local Museum Decided To Add A Floppy Disc To The Fossils Section
Museums have a wide range of business models. Some rely heavily on endowments, others on admission fees or special event rentals. And while many museums don’t expect their revenues to rebound to 2019 levels for at least another year, some supported by local taxes or large endowments have less dire financial futures.
This Musical Instrument Museum Has An Air Guitar On Display
There’s A Replica Of The Moon In The Natural History Museum
According to a recent survey conducted by the International Council of Museums, about 95% of all museums around the world were closed due to the pandemic, and art institutions reacted differently to having their doors shut. Some had to put staff on leave and others laid off up to half of their employees. Many museums successfully focused on expanding their digital archives and social media activity, and continue their efforts to survive.
This Museum In Japan That Showcases Various Uniquely Shaped Naturally Formed Rocks With Faces On Them
A Museum In Kenya Has Little Funding, So They Improvised And Created Their Dinosaurs With Clay
Caravan Of Camels In The Eye Of A Needle, Museum Of Miniatures, Prague
I Was At The National Gallery In Slovakia And Noticed They Use Star Wars Wallpaper On One Of The Walls In A 19th Century Art Exhibit
This Display In Ashmolean Museum Shows How Touching Artwork Affects Material
Sand Museum In Tottori Japan. How Does Someone Create This Out Of Sand?
The Holocaust Memorial Museum In Detroit Has A Tree Made From The Sapling Of Anne Frank’s Tree
At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art
Whale Sculpture At The Museum
Passing Through Columbus, Had To Stop By The Cartoon Museum To See The C&H Section
Athens Airport Has An In-House Museum Where Ancient Artifacts, Uncovered During Its Construction, Are Exhibited
The National Holocaust Museum In DC Puts Screens With Graphic Images Behind Cement Barriers So Children Can't See Them
A Firetruck Crushed By The Collapsing Of The Twin Towers At The 9/11 Museum
At A Da Vinci Exhibition In Italy. Non-Art Pieces Had To Be Labeled
This Balloon Dog Sculpture With Organs And Bones, Found In A Museum
The Floor At The London Science Museum Is Made Of Mini-Chromosomes
This "Where Are You From" Map At The Aurora Museum In Reykjavík, Iceland
These Movie Tickets From The Ghibli Museum Are Made From Frames From Different Ghibli Movies
This Delorean On This Dinosaur Museum’s Wall Mural
Oh No - Titanic Artifacts Damaged By Water
This Mannequin From A WW2 Themed Museum In Normandy Looks Like Bruce Willis
The Chair Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated In The Henry Ford Museum
Museum Reconstruction Of Roman Armor
Japanese Children Wearing Feces-Shaped Hats Slide Into A Giant Toilet
Simulating the magical journey of human waste matter through a virtual sewer world, at a toilet exhibition in Tokyo.