Rising costs: Museums call for support in the energy crisis


rising costs
Museums call for support in the energy crisis

The Altes Museum in Berlin during the Long Night of the Museums in summer.  Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa

The Altes Museum in Berlin during the Long Night of the Museums in summer. photo

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The German Museums Association is also concerned about rising energy costs. Because museums cannot simply use less energy for a number of reasons.

With view on energy crisis the German Museums Association has called for targeted support for museums. "After the corona pandemic, the massive increase in energy costs is repeatedly threatening the core tasks of museums," said a statement in Berlin on Friday. The situation is exacerbated "by closure scenarios that would be tantamount to a defeat for culture, business and politics".

In order to support the museums and ensure operations, funds would have to be made available for higher energy costs. Energy consumption is significantly related to the preservation of cultural assets and conservation requirements. Closures would therefore be "a purely symbolic, political act with no effect on energy consumption". In addition, experiences from corona- It is time that a closure of the museums "causes indirect social and economic damage that is disproportionate to the benefit".

The Museumsbund called on the federal, state and local governments to create the appropriate conditions to ensure the supply of the facilities within the framework of the gas emergency plan.

Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Greens) and her country colleagues recently initiated further precautions for a possible gas emergency. Cultural institutions were asked to draw up emergency plans and make significant savings on gas and electricity.

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