COVID-19 Resources

Thursday, July 1, 2027 (All day)



Museums Allowed to Reopen, with Restrictions, on June 10
On Friday, June 5, it was announced that museums can reopen on June 10.

The Key Requirements:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan 
  • Limit occupancy capacity to no more than 25% not to exceed 250 persons 
  • Ensure social distancing and a minimum of 6 feet between persons 
  • Strongly encourage masks for workers and customers

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Matching Minnesota grant program for buying re-opening equipment, etc. 


Canadian Conservation Institute - Senior Conservation Scientist Tom Strang gives a presentation entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Reopening.”  

Archival Workers Emergency Fund
Society of American Archivists - Created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund was established to provide financial assistance for archival workers experiencing acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the crisis. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Recipients will receive grants of up to $1,000 as well as a complimentary year-long membership in SAA. Applications will be evaluated with particular attention to the statement of need. Grants will be provided to applicants for as long as funding permits. Learn more »

MNHS Return to Work/Open Documents
Like all museums across Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society must develop and implement a COVID-19 Business Preparedness Plan*. MNHS has developed two plans, a Return to Work Plan and a Return to Open Plan. These two documents work in tandem to address the whole institution. Like all plans, these will be evaluated as they are implemented and updated as needed. We hope the local history community will find these helpful as they develop their own plans.

*MNHS has not yet determined dates to open its own museum spaces and is only beginning to phase staff back into the buildings.



Page 7 of reportHistory Responds to Crisis Survey Results
In an effort to better understand how Minnesota’s History Network was responding to COVID-19 crisis and gauge their capacity and resilience, a brief survey was sent out by Local History Services that asked about the respondents’ current status, their capacity to work from home, the barriers they faced to conduct their work, the financial impact of the pandemic and the restrictions caused by the public health measures, and their plans to address the situation.
View the results of the survey/report »





Stay Safe MN logoState of Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan
The following chart outlines Minnesota's phased in approach to reopening various business and social settings. View chart »



Main Street LogoThe Main Street Approach to Recovery
As downtowns begin to reopen to the public, the Main Street Approach™ can serve as a powerful tool for economic recovery efforts. You'll find tip sheets for recovery ideas as they relate to the Four Points as well as examples of recovery activities from around the Main Street America Network. Check out the tip sheets for Small Business Owners and Community Leaders on how to reopen safely. Learn more »



Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub
The OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle offer science-based information and best practices to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in museum, library, and archival services. Learn more »

Keeping Museums Clean and Safe for Guests and Staff
May 29
- Webinar: 9 to 10 a.m. (CDT). Presented by Dr. Dee Banks of Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Associates. Learn about which areas of the museum you should focus on, what products and techniques should be used to clean and disinfect, how frequently cleaning and disinfecting should take place, and how to protect the staff responsible for cleaning as much as possible. The session will conclude with Q&A time with our speaker. Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers. Registration deadline: TODAY, May 27, 2020. Learn more »

International Foundation For Cultural Property Protection Recordings
Webinar #1 - Securing Your Institution During Current Closures (recording)
Webinar #2 - Conducting Site and Facility Patrols & Inspections During Closures (recording)
Webinar #3 - Security's Role in Protecting Collections (recording)
Cost: No cost to members/$30-$40 nonmembers.

Health And Wellness Policy
Universal Safety Guidelines For Worker Safety During The Covid-19 Crisis from the Art Services Worker Safety Coalition. Read »

Farm and Agricultural Museums Resources
Association for Living History Farm and Agricultural Museums has provided a COVID-19/Reopening Resources page. Learn more »

HVAC Resources
FAQ from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers about your HVAC system during the pandemic. Learn more »

2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC), through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has received $500,000 to provide grants to Tribal Nations and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (libraries, arts organizations, museums, historical societies, and cultural organizations) in Minnesota who have a commitment to, and history of, humanities programming and are experiencing financial distress due to COVID-19. Learn more »

Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM)
Sign up to receive updates about the REALM project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums), a new research partnership between OCLC, IMLS,  and Battelle. Learn more »

Association of Science and Technology Centers  
If you missed last week's webinar on the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries, the recording has now been posted to the @US_IMLS website. Watch webinar » 

Keeping Museums Clean and Safe for Guests and Staff
May 29
- Webinar: 9 a.m. Ohio History Museums Association - Join Dr. Dee Banks, infectious disease physician with Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Associates, as she outlines best practices museums can employ to keep both guests and staff as safe as possible when museum doors reopen. Learn about which areas of the museum you should focus on, what products and techniques should be used to clean and disinfect, how frequently cleaning and disinfecting should take place, and how to protect the staff responsible for cleaning as much as possible. Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members. Learn more »

AASLH Conversations: Planning for Reopening
Recorded Webinar: American Association for State and Local History - Learn about solutions organizations can bring to the tiered, cautious reopening. Free with promo code: FREEWBR20. View/Learn more »

AASLH Conversations: Local Advocacy Matters
Recorded Webinar: American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will help demystify local government, help you identify your local government officials, and offer tips to get you started on making your case with government officials closest to the people with the power to help. Free with promo code: FREEWBR20. View/Learn more »

Pricing the Guest Experience in a Post-COVID World
Recorded Webinar: Gateway Ticketing Systems - Join a conversation on planning to price your guest experience in the next normal. Cost: No cost. View/Learn more »

Supporting Communities With Digital Programs During Coronavirus
Recorded Webinar: Cuseum - Watch as panel of experts discuss how museums can serve their communities and further their own missions through digital initiatives. This webinar strived to address aspects of community engagement, digital programming, creating educational content, and more. Cost: No cost. View/Learn more »

Recorded: Preparing to Reopen: Strategy, Planning & Process on the Road to Reopening Museums
Recorded Webinar: Cuseum - Learn about the strategy, operations and process involved in reopening your museum successfully. This webinar will explore strategic planning, design thinking, and innovative approaches to welcoming your audiences back. Cost: No cost to view. View/Learn more »

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH announces the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations grant program, which will provide CARES Act emergency relief funding to cultural nonprofits up to $300,000 each. Learn more »

Three New Scenarios for Financial Survival in 2020
Use this resource from the American Alliance of Museums to envision how your museum can thrive based on different scenarios of the COVID-19 progression. Learn more »

The Paycheck Protection Program and How It Can Help Your Small Nonprofit Survive the Pandemic
Nonprofits of all sizes and missions are struggling to maintain their financial health as the COVID-19 pandemic is shutting doors across the country. Congress has provided some relief for the small nonprofit community through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act. The PPP is administered by the Small Business Association (SBA). It provides forgivable loans to eligible organizations, including 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Learn more »

A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses (including nonprofits) Who Need Help
The State of MN is providing a summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation. Learn more »

FAQs – Funding for NEH Applicants and Grantees Impacted by the Coronavirus
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has recently released a FAQ page for those applicants and grantees impacted by the coronavirus. The document addresses frequently asked questions related to NEH funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Office of Management and Budget memo M-20-17 “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations.” Learn more »

Rethos Announces Main Streets Support Fund
In response to the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken and will continue to take on Main Street districts throughout Minnesota, Rethos is announcing the new Main Streets Support Fund for small businesses located in designated Main Street Minnesota communities. The funds are offered in partnership with and are available to businesses located in designated Main Street Minnesota’s districts of Albert Lea, Faribault, Mankato, New Ulm, Northfield, Olivia, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Wabasha, Willmar, and Winona. The injection of funding will allow small businesses to focus on projects that will enhance their operations during pandemic closures or allow them to have a more robust re-opening. Businesses may apply for non-repayable funds of up to $1,000. Learn more »

IMLS Authorizes New Grant Flexibilities for Libraries, Museums
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the first of a number of critical measures to aid museums, libraries, and communities across the nation in response to COVID-19. The new guidelines outline how institutions with open IMLS grants may adapt their existing fund balances to address immediate needs and extend timelines for their work to accommodate the disruption caused by coronavirus. Examples include continuing to employ staff, modifying project activities to align with social distancing requirements, and covering basic costs necessary to resume work once the emergency has passed. Learn more »

How To: Super Quick DIY Podcasting for Museums & Other Nonprofits Closed by COVID-19
Podcast Quick-Start Guide: Museum and cultural institution podcast expert Hannah Hethmon has developed a how-to guide for institutions considering developing a podcast to continue serving audiences despite COVID-19-related closures. Learn more »

Resources from the National Trust
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put together a list of online resources for nonprofits, historic sites, and other types of cultural organizations seeking help as they respond to COVID-19. Learn more »

Webinar Recording: Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits
TechSoup hosted online discussion of the tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. Watch the recording »

ARCS COVID-19 Resources
Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists is gathering resources from across the industry that might be of help to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know of a resource that might be of help during this crisis please submit to the list.
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Connect With Your Colleagues
American Association for State and Local History has introduced a new way to connect with fellow history practitioners in your area of interest or expertise through our new "Affinity Community Forums." Read how to join »

COVID-19: What nonprofits Need to Know
What should your nonprofit be doing to prepare for a potential COVID-19 outbreak? The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has created a site that provides guidance and resources for nonprofits and communities. Learn more »

Health in the Workplace
The American Alliance of Museums has compiled this guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities. Learn more »


Best Practices for Reopening Your Museum - Iowa Museum Association
Considerations for Museum Reopenings - American Alliance of Museums 
Pandemic puts summer camps in a quandary - Minnesota Public Radio

Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources

Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Your Museum Can Use Social Media During COVID-19

NCPTT Disinfecting Cultural Resources

AIC - Collections Care Amid COVID-19

MuseumEdChat COVID-19 Response Resource List

A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus 

COVID-19: UNESCO and ICOM concerned about the situation faced by the world’s museums

Post Covid Balancing Act: A Strategy Primer for Museums

Museum “open to the public” guideline considerations from the Oklahoma Museums Association

American Alliance of Museums - Considerations for Mask Policies

Masks? Antibody Testing? Big Update on What Will Make People Feel Safe Visiting (Data)

Hope and Healing: Full-length infographic on how museums can help museum-goers going forward

A Post-Coronavirus Museum