Airbnb has announced that it has collaborated with Made By Us, an alliance of history and civics organizations, to put together a wishlist of new Airbnb Experiences developed by archives, theatres, museums, etc. The organizations that are taking part in this initiative are the Genesee Country Village & Museum, Ford's Theatre, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, HistoryMiami Museum, Atlanta History Center, Betsy Ross House, and National Archives Foundation.
VP of Experiential Creative Product, Airbnb, Bruce Vaughn stated:
The Airbnb Host community has long supported cultural sites in their cities, by sharing them with their guests: According to a recent survey*, 20 percent of Hosts recommend activities like museums to visitors. This new series of Experiences with Made by Us will build on that legacy by offering new ways for the Airbnb community to play a valuable role in the future of US history institutions and preserving cultural cornerstones nationwide.
With the start of the Fall season, people are opting to live on Airbnb during their trips and, 60 percent of these long-term nights have been booked in urban areas. During this time, the partnership between Airbnb and Made By Us will aid in guiding travelers in formulating their visits to historical and cultural sites in cities throughout the country.
Managing Director of Made By Us, Caroline Kilbanoff stated:
Historic sites and museums are the heartbeat of our cities, and as the keepers of our stories, they contain critical tools and information that we need to shape our future. By partnering with Airbnb, these Experiences offer entertainment, learning and deeper context for how we live today, igniting curiosity for guests and sustaining our institutions.
The latest Airbnb Experiences will not only allow travelers to "travel back in time, go behind the scenes of history, or enjoy local fare amidst a stunning backdrop," but will also enable them to support institutions, that are recovering from the crucial reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic, across the country.
President and CEO of Atlanta History Center, Sheffield Hale stated:
We’re so excited to be participating in Airbnb experiences. We can’t wait to welcome visitors from across the country to get behind the scenes and explore what makes Atlanta, Atlanta.
Airbnb says that the support of visitors and locals has "never been more important", as archives, theatres, and museums continue to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this collaboration or to book an Experience, head over to the dedicated webpage here.