Roundtable on Museums
Meredith Landry
24 March 2021

The form and function of museums has been fundamentally altered by the pandemic. Now, designers look to a future post-COVID-19.

Museums are a cultural and educational beacon for communities around the world. But the shutdowns and strict social distancing rules that were part and parcel of the pandemic have left museums large and small questioning their very survival.

According to an October survey by the American Alliance of Museums, museums across the U.S. have reported lost revenue, staff, and on average 35% loss of capacity—a number that is unsustainable long-term and keeps many institutions at risk of permanent closure. Museums also reported spending an average of $27,000 on reopening prep, with that number soaring as high as $750,000 in some cases.

To find out how museum spaces are being reimagined and reinvigorated, IIDA spoke to Bruce Davis and two other designers that are familiar with the challenges that face these spaces.

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