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Photographs document how Singapore’s Muslim community observed Ramadan during the pandemic.

Photographs document how Singapore’s Muslim community observed Ramadan during the pandemic.

Source: National Museum of Singapore

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The World’s Museums Are Working Out How to Remember the Pandemic

Exhibitions are already offering a chance to look back at the Covid outbreak. 

Memorializing a pandemic that isn’t over yet might seem like a strange idea. But around the world, museums are beginning to collect and display artefacts that reflect experiences of Covid-19. As they preserve the here-and-now for future audiences, a few are also offering a chance to contemplate it in something close to real time. 

Approaches differ among the collections, but certain themes crop up again and again: social isolation, rethinking relationships, and the kind of medical paraphernalia that suddenly became commonplace about a year and a half ago.