Coronavirus Resources and Tipps for Museums


Corona: What now?

Hands On! International is committed to advocate and support all children-centred museums in order to ensure these circumstantial closures do not threaten their existence.

In recognition of the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we recommend the following resources to help children-oriented museums navigate this dynamic situation. We strongly encourage all museums dedicated to serving children and families to remain devoted to their mission to provide educational and empowering content for children in an informal way.
We believe in your creative strength to find alternative ways to reach out to your community in these difficult times no matter what.

This link list is regularly updated!Last: 27 January 2021  

Post-pandemic child-centred museum work

How are you doing? A survey asking children aged 8-14 about their current wellbeing

Resource Route Maps: Using evidence to engage family audiences

Guide: Museums and Disaster Risk Reduction

Report: How Covid-19 affects children’s play

Reopening Museums Planning Tool

Kids in Museums: 6 steps to consider when reopening for families

Strategies for hands-on exhibits by US museums

Chances of a crisis: Rethinking education

Future of hands-on exhibits

The Empty Museum: post-pandemic museum landscape

Postpandemic museum work: 4 inspiring resources

Building stronger and resilient museums

AAM Resources on preparing to reopen

Reopening Manhatten Children’s Museum

NEMO Webinar Recording:Museum lives in a post-pandemia

Reopening Science Centers Plans & Guidelines

Reopening experiences of European Museums

HO! Members Resources: FRida & freD reopening plan

Setting up online content

Online exhibition Hudson Valley

Online exhibitions NASA

Creating digital content for children and families

Rijksmuseum: Moving online- Engaging children, families and schools in times of coronavirus

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Online Challenges

Best practise examples from Korea

Best practise of virtual museum tours

List of online offers of US children’s museums


How to engage with museum audience during closure

Remote access solutions for events

Google Arts & Culture for Online Exhibits

Online Brainstorm Document for easy home stay crafts & tinkering

Overview of popular museum and Covid19 related #hashtags

How can I contribute? Steps to figure it out by Nina Simon

Collection-linked activities to do at home for toddlers and preschoolers

E-book Digital engagement in culture, heritage and the arts

Check out and join #MuseumFromHome on all social media plattforms

Hygiene, cleaning and safety

The recovery room: resource collection to rebuilt the heritage sector

Link collection and recommendations by the American Association of Children’s Museums

Health in the work place resources by the American Alliance of Museum

Link collection Ecsite: Reopening Science Centers

HO! Members Resources: FRida & freD reopening plan & Junges Museum Frankfurt Hygiene Guide


EU Funding

Information for beneficiaries whose activities are impacted by Coronavirus

Corona Virus Consequences for Creative Europe Projects

Join the open letter to the EU Commission demanding support for the cultural sector in response to Covid19 crisis

Guides and resources to share with visitors

Toolkit: Covid-19 How can I protect myself and others?

Explanatory Coronavirus guide for children

Comic printable about the Virus

More Corona Virus Books

Evolving List of online tours, guides and resources

Educational Resources for Homeschooling by National Geographic

Play resources by an infant & parent guidance instructor

WHO: Myths and facts about the Coronavirus

Lessons Learned from Chinese Teachers during the past months

Online Resources for Leisure activities during quarantine

50+ Indoor Activities for kids

Play in the time of coronavirus – two leading playworkers provide tipps

De-Stress During Coronavirus


Hands On! Covid-19 Statement of Support

Culture support initiatives of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis

Check the information channels of your local ICOM branch

Crisis Management for Arts

Coronavirus Resources for Organisations and Freelancers

List of all closed museums world-wide

Marketing Guide for Non-profits admist the Corona Crisis

Corona Virus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility

Ecsite COVID-19 resources for science engagement organisations