How have museums* changed since 2008? After putting together the last post “In a Perfect Museum World…”, started thinking how have museums changed since 2008 and the Great Recession. Below are my observations, would love to hear from others how they see the effect on museums.
1. Museum funding from federal, state, private foundations and individuals has significantly decreased
2. Many museums have decreased staff, decreased open hours and or closed
3. Museum admission prices have risen to cover operating costs (although several museums have taken a different approach of free admissions and become membership based)
4. Museums are now doing more with less income, including outsourcing former staff roles
5. Museum audiences are now more demanding more to counteract lower discretionary funds
6. Museums are required to be competitive with each other for funding
7. Museums now use social media to engage audiences and drive traffic to “bricks and mortar” locations
8. Museums now use crowd-funding to fund projects
9. Museums now use crowd-sourcing to involve audiences in the development of exhibitions
10. Museums are now part of a movement of open authority
How do you think museums have changed since the start of the Great Recession?
* “Museums” include: Art Museums, Science Centers, Children’s Museums, Natural History Museums, Corporate Museums, History Museums, Zoos and Aquariums