Our current global health crisis is affecting all aspects of our daily lives, from how we work to how we play to how we interact with one another and our planet. The cascading effects of COVID-19 are also gravely impacting our arts and cultural institutions, many of which have been mainstays in our communities and favorite places for inspiration, fun, and thought throughout the years. CHM is among them.
Our physical doors have been closed since mid-March. Cancelled tours and events, deserted galleries, empty administration areas, and an unknowable reopening date are already challenging us in profound ways. Our entire line of earned revenue, which comprises about a third of our annual budget (or $4 million) has been effectively wiped out—an alarming reality we’ve never faced before. CHM is making difficult and unprecedented decisions to help keep our institution afloat, including salary reductions up to 25 percent across our entire staff. And we’re not alone.
According to the American Alliance of Museums, arts institutions in the United States are losing an estimated $33 million a day. Museums are essential to their communities, reminding us all of our shared humanity through history, culture, science, technology, and art. Please do your part to ensure that these institutions, like CHM, are part of our future for generations to come.
Your longtime support of CHM has help us build a world-class institution. But now, there has truly never been a more urgent need for your financial commitment. Your donation will help sustain the ongoing stewardship of our collections and exhibits, ensure the continuation of impactful educational and public programming, and help pave the way for the future and growth of CHM during this challenging time.
In the meantime, we join many museums around the world in reimagining new ways to experience and sustain our museum in a post-pandemic world. We are utilizing our digital channels and experimenting with new forms of content, including educational activities and virtual live programming, all of which you can experience and access below.
CHM stewards the world’s leading collection and archive chronicling the history and impact of computing and technological innovation on the human experience. From machines to source code, lab notebooks to business plans, our collecting scope is expansive with unique perspectives into the online world, entrepreneurship, and software.
Please see below for more details and updates on our ongoing response to COVID-19.
In compliance with the State of California and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s shelter in place extension, CHM is also extending its temporary public closure until further notice. CHM employees will continue to work from a remote, safe location. We will continue to update this page with news as it becomes available.
During this time, we are committed to bringing our community the same great content and resources they’ve come to expect from CHM in digital form. Access CHM Activities and Resources.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate across the globe, we are sending our CHM community encouragement and heartfelt wishes for good health.
Over the past several weeks, we have been navigating changes to our everyday life and doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As new developments emerge, CHM has been following the recommendations of government and health officials to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff.
Today we received notification that Santa Clara County, with six other Bay Area counties, is implementing a “shelter-in-place” directive effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m. through April 7. In compliance with this order, we are asking our CHM employees to work from a remote, safe location beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7. The building will be closed to all staff and volunteers.
In the meantime, CHM’s digital channels will remain in full swing. We have some great content planned for our blog and social media channels throughout this month to ensure our audiences are getting the same quality content they’ve come to expect from CHM.
This is an unprecedented time as we watch the impact that COVID-19 is having on our world. Please continue to follow the protocols and necessary precautions outlined by the CDC to ensure your continued health during this time.
Stay healthy and we look forward to welcoming our visitors and staff back through our doors soon.
As many of you know, CHM has been monitoring the developments with COVID-19 closely and taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff. Following yesterday’s executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom and the recommendations of health officials of the State of California, CHM has made the decision to temporarily close to the public, from March 14 through March 31, 2020. Our decision to close is precautionary. We have had no known cases of exposure to COVID-19.
“In light of the escalating developments with COVID-19 and yesterday’s executive order by Governor Newsom, we are doing our part to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and have decided to temporarily close,” says CHM CEO Dan’l Lewin. “Throughout our public closure, we will continue to maintain our exhibits and work hard to bring you the great content that you’ve come to expect from CHM in digital form. We look forward to welcoming you back through our doors soon.”
CHM will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update our community. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone as the world continues to be impacted by COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as we move forward during this time.
Thank you for being part of our CHM community.