PA Museums Statement 1/13/2020

PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide museum association, promotes best practices and collaboration of and among museums and their partners in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA Museums, in light of the recent stories in the New York Times and other news outlets regarding an employee of the Erie Art Museum and former employee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, condemns this individual’s reported actions. PA Museums supports those that have spoken up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Erie Art Museum against this behavior. PA Museum strives to see a safe, inclusive, and welcoming museum community that is free of bias and intimidation. PA Museums, for its part, prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, body size, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, status as a veteran, or any other protected classification. PA Museums encourages museums, historical societies, and cultural organizations in and outside of our membership to maintain high expectations for employee conduct and act quickly and appropriately to address complaints and incidents of discrimination or harassment in the museum workplace.


AASLH Survey

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will be repeating its National Visitation Survey for historic sites and organizations. The survey is now open for responses.

Last year data set allowed AASLH to provide a comprehensive assessment of visitation at history organizations around the country. Our analysis revealed that visits to historic sites, museums, and other history institutions rose nearly 6 percent between 2013 and 2018, with the strongest growth occurring at small history organizations. You can read about our findings in greater detail in the 2019 National Visitation Report.

Last year’s report also raised many new questions, and responses to the 2020 survey can help answer them. For example, the 2019 report identified a small decline in visitation from 2017 to 2018; this year’s data will be essential for understanding whether that dip represents the beginning of a new downward trend. In addition, a larger number of survey responses will enable us to dig deeper, offering more finely-grained analysis of trends at every budget level and every institution type.

We hope to increase the number of responses to this year’s survey by 50 percent. More responses means better data. And better data on national trends will help all institutions as we advance advocacy, fundraising, strategic planning, and other work critical to the health of the field.