Children's Museums and COVID-19

The Association of Children’s Museums continues to gather resources to help children’s museums navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis as well as support children, families, and their communities. Below, find key resources from ACM and our partners.

We Can Do This

We Can Do This is the COVID-19 public education campaign of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Find HHS resources on the We Can Do This website.

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is proud to partner with HHS by sharing critical resources as well as supporting programs, events, and exhibits in children’s museums to build broader vaccine confidence. ACM will also create and disseminate a four-panel exhibit sharing critical information about vaccines with parents and caregivers, available for free to museums to download and print.

For more information about these resources and potential funding opportunities for museums, contact
Vaccines & US

The primary aim of Vaccines & US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health is to assemble, promote, and distribute science-based, authoritative information about COVID-19 to educate staff and visitors who are involved in the delivery or use of archival, library, and museum services. And, specifically to inform decisions about and reduce hesitancy related to vaccination. The project, led by the Smithsonian Institution (a REALM member) includes non-technical articles about COVID-19 itself, vaccination, community challenges and responses, videos, posters, curriculum and activities for K-12 populations, self-help, and practical guides about conversations related to COVID-19, etc.
Communities for Immunity

ACM is proud to partner on Communities for Immunity, a new initiative funding museum and library initiatives supporting COVID-19 vaccine education and confidence among vaccine-hesitant populations. Led by the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Museums with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the initiative is providing funding to museums, libraries, science centers, and other cultural institutions to enhance vaccine confidence where it matters most: at the local level.

Visit for more information, including funding opportunities for US museums and libraries.
REALM Project

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) is a research project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to produce and distribute science-based COVID-19 information that can aid local decision making regarding operations of archives, libraries, and museums.
Museums Mobilize

ACM launched Museums Mobilize to highlight how children’s museums around the world are supporting children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACM collected stories of impact from ACM’s more than 300 children’s museum members around the world. From partnerships with schools, webinar series and podcasts, innovative uses of space, and more, children’s museums found ways to creatively support families in this challenging time.
ACM Resources

ACM continues to provide opportunities for children’s museums to convene and share knowledge around their pandemic responses, including:

  • Hangouts by Job Function
  • Hand to Hand
  • Children’s Museums at Home
  • Resources for Families

    • • ACM’s Children’s Museums at Home database shares virtual programming offered by children’s museums around the world.
    • UNICEF has assembled information especially for parents and caregivers on what they should know, as well as how those that work with children can have important conversations about this global pandemic.
    • • The American Academy of Pediatrics’ website for parents has articles to help caregivers learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect their families and others.
    • Science Mag, a publication from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is sharing the latest science articles on all things COVID-19.
    • • Dr. Eric Griggs (“Doc Griggs”) and MarkAlain Dery, two expert health communicators, share information about mRNA vaccines and how they work, COVID variants, and booster shots, and other medical topics in their Noisefilter Animated Video Series.