New Jersey Association of Museums

New Jersey Museums and COVID-19

In these uncertain times, museums across New Jersey have taken action to prioritize the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and communities. Please find below a list of resources your institution may find helpful now and going forward.


Museum Staff Impact During COVID-19

This data sheet was started on March 14, 2020 to track the impact of COVID-19 on museum staffing across the U.S. Data has been crowd-sourced based on staff knowledge and media reports. The sheet is backed up and archived twice a week. To enter new information, please use this Google form:

Financial Support

The CARES Act passed at the end of March 2020 provides funding opportunities for museums and nonprofits.

Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), from the National Council of Nonprofits

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act (chart)

Paycheck Protection Program - PPP (Emergency Small Business 7(a) Loans)

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), US Small Business Administration

The IMLS is receiving $50 million and the NEA and NEH are receiving $75 million each in funding through the CARES Act for direct distribution to support arts and humanities organizations.

Updates from the NEA

Updates from the NEH

Updates from the IMLS

Advocacy & Data

The museum field wrote 33,000 letters to state representatives to advocate for inclusion in the relief stimulus.  Persistent advocacy is imperative and collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 helps strengthen the message.

Please complete the following survey and continue advocating for Museums!

American for the Arts Survey

Stay Up-To-Date with Advocacy Alerts, from AAM

Advocate: Tell Congress to Include Museum in COVID-10 Economic Relief, AAM

Advocate: Urge Support for the Arts, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

New Jersey museums are fortunate to have the support of Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez as well as many Congressional representatives, but advocacy is never done. Continue to make a case for support on behalf of all museums.

New Jersey Resources

NJ Center for Non-Profits Resources in Response to COVID-19

NJ State Council on the Arts

ArtPride New Jersey

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey Historical Commission Coronavirus Impact Survey

Other Resources

COVID-19 Resources and Response Center, Americans for the Arts

Nonprofits and COVID-19, Council of Nonprofits

COVID-19 Resources & Information for the Museum Field, American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

COVID-19 Resources, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Science Centers and COVID-19 Resources

Please send any comments, questions, and issues to


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