ABOUT THE PROJECT
June 1 - 7, 2020 is Museum Survival Week! Read about this special one-week event.
We Know How People Get Through Hard Times.
What Is #MuseumSurvivalKit?
#MuseumSurvivalKit is a collaborative social media project designed to share tips, tricks, and tools
rooted in the traditional skills and life ways found in our museums and cultural organizations.
#MuseumSurvivalKit was born from informal conversations about all the know-how our museums preserve and share. Many of the communities we work with and interpret are keepers of cultural knowledge and practical skills that have helped see them through tough times.
A goal of the project is to show how all communities have faced challenges creatively, so we want to feature a diversity of institutions and individuals that interpret many different people and ways of life.
“Survival skills” could be anything from butter-churning to beatboxing, knot-tying to toyhacking, sewing to semaphore, making a killer hot sauce to backyard birding to reviving an old-school home beauty technique. Be creative!
We hope this will be a fresh way to share our collective knowledge with people who are dealing with this crisis today - struggling with anxiety and boredom, facing the challenges of life without the usual support structures, and taking on new tasks. It’s an opportunity to offer some inspiring examples of the resilience of our fellow humans.
By sharing information from your museum, historic site, or program in this quick, friendly format, you can help people sheltering in place today learn some of the skills our forebears had, or pick up pointers from neighbors who practice them today.
How to Participate