COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Maine Archives and Museums (MAM) is advocating for museums, archives, historical societies, and other collecting institutions in the age of COVID-19.


Timeline and Guidelines for Reopening

At the end of April 2020, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Governor's Office released some general guidance for reopening and operating a business in the coming months. In response to input from Maine's community of collecting institutions, DECD on May 27 released reopening guidelines specific to museums, which they revised on August 14.

In addition, MAM released guidelines for collecting institutions, based on best practices collected from throughout the country by the MAM Board of Directors.

Upcoming MAM Video Chats About Reopening

  • Check back about future chats or contact Executive Director Dugan Murphy at info@mainemuseums.org

Online Resources for Social Distancing

At home due to the COVID-19 pandemic? In light of the many schools and collecting institutions that have closed due to the pandemic, people across Maine are seeking learning and engagement opportunities online. 

The Association of Maine Archives and and Museums (MAM) is gathering a growing list of free online resources from collecting institutions across the state. Check it out to find online lesson plans, podcasts, exhibits, archives, arts & crafts activities, lectures, and more! From Pre-K kids to adults, there’s something to interest everyone.

How to use the online resources list: Scroll through to find different types of resources identified by age level and content. Check back often - the list will keep growing over time! 


Submit Free Online Resources From Your Collecting Institution

Think about what your organization already has available that may appeal to students, teachers, and a general audience stuck at home. MAM can help you share those resources with a broader audience!

Please send us submissions so we can direct people to your website. We encourage both MAM members and non-members to submit. 

Ideas include (but are not limited to): 

  • Online lesson plans or activities

  • Virtual tours of your site

  • Videos or podcasts 

  • Digital archives

  • Articles

  • Live interactions (video chat with a curator or educator, etc.)

We hope this to be a simple but meaningful way to keep Mainers of all ages engaged and educated, as well as a way for all of us to connect with our audiences during these tough times. 

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Maine Archives and Museums

P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104

207-400-6965

info@mainemuseums.org 


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