A Message Regarding COVID-19

The Association of African American Museums is closely following the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health and government authorities.

Given the current information by the CDC and local government authorities, our upcoming 2020 annual conference events (August 5-8) are expected to be held at their originally scheduled times.

Currently, all AAAM events will continue as scheduled. Our understanding is that events will only be cancelled if mandated by the City of Miami or Federal governments. 

As this national and global situation evolves, we will be monitoring the situation carefully and planning for the months ahead. It is simply too soon to predict and we will make an informed and reasoned plan based on the best information available at the time

American Alliance of Museums


Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus

With the growing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States, museums must be well prepared for potential outbreaks as public spaces, employers for over 726,000 individuals, and institutions that hold significant public trust.

The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guidance as needed. These recommendations are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field. Click below to read more about these resources.

Follow the links below or click “Read more” under the section summaries for expanded guidance.

Directory of Resources

Educating the public on COVID-19

Museums are the most trusted source of information in America, rated higher than local papers, nonprofit researchers, the US government, or academic researchers. Museums can take advantage of this high level of public trust to provide education on COVID-19 and fight misinformation about its spread.

By empowering the public with the information they need to lower their risk of contracting or spreading disease, museums can help sustain healthy communities, maintain calm, and reduce the chances for an increase in discrimination or xenophobia often created by global diseases.

Preparing for COVID-19 as an individual

Individuals can prepare for outbreaks of COVID-19 by regularly monitoring information distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Common-sense preventative measures are highly recommended, including:

  • Washing your hands often, with soap, for 20 seconds
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Not touching your face—especially your eyes, nose, or mouth—with unwashed hands
  • Monitoring your health
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with tissues
  • Cleaning high-touch areas of your home and workspace frequently
  • Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (at least six feet)

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Staying up-to-date on world events


Communicating about your museum’s response

What other museums are doing

Preparing for Business Continuity