NEMO, the Network of European Museum Associations, after observing the exceptional increase of costs for electricity and gas and its impact on museums in recent months, has published a statement calling on policy makers to support museums to cope with the energy crisis and keep open.
With the exceptional increase of costs for electricity and gas, some museums’ energy bills are likely to increase by 400% and there are already reports of museums having to close due to the energy crisis. NEMO fears that more will follow unless appropriate measures are taken.
NEMO also writes that cultural spaces and offers are important for social cohesion and personal well-being during times of crisis. The closure and/or reduction of services of museums has a minimal impact in terms of energy savings but does have a significant impact on the cultural and social fabric of Europe in this challenging time.
Read the statement here