Reopening resources

Here, museums can find a collection of resources from both Canadian and non-Canadian sources, pertaining to the reopening of museums during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also invite you to review the more general list of resources located on our Partner resources page pertaining to COVID-19.

If you are a museum that has developed a re-opening plan and would like to share it with the wider museum community, please send it to


From museums and museums associations
Last updated October 22, 2020

BC Museums Association
COVID-19 Resources for Museums and Cultural Organizations

Alberta Museums Association
Guidance for Reopening Museums

Association of Manitoba Museums
Recommendations for Re-opening Your Museum
List of actual and planned reopening dates for Manitoba museums

Museums Association of Saskatchewan
Recommendations for Re-opening Your Museum

Société des musées du Québec
Sanitary standards for museums and libraries (in French only)
Daily checklist for museums (in French only)
Staff safety signage (in French only)

American Alliance of Museums
Preparing to reopen

Deutscher Museums Bund (German Association of Museums)
Museums are preparing for gradual reopening

Museums and end of lockdown: Ensuring the safety of the public and staff

ICOM Brazil
Recommendations facing the COVID-19 (item 18)

Museums Association (UK)
Reopening the museum sector: a statement from the Museums Association


From the cultural community
Last updated October 22, 2020

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland)
Resumption of the activities of some cultural institutions

How Might Museums Look Different When They Reopen After Coronavirus?
Post Covid Balancing Act: A Strategy Primer for Museums

The National Archives (UK)
Making plans for re-opening

Webinar: Preparing to Reopen: Strategy, Planning & Process on the Road to Reopening Museums


Provincial government updates and reopening plans
Last updated October 22, 2020

Government of Alberta  
Relaunch Guidance for Museums and Art Galleries

Government of British Columbia
BC's Restart Plan

Government of Manitoba
Restoring Safe Services Together: Manitoba's Phased Approach

Government of New Brunswick
Province moves to Phase 2 (Orange) of recovery plan: museums, galleries and libraries may reopen (May 8)

Government of Ontario
A framework for reopening the province

Government of Prince Edward Island
Renew PEI Together

Government of Quebec
Gradual resumption of activities under the COVID-19-related pause

Government of Saskatchewan
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan