We have collections of preserved specimens that are used for exhibits, teaching, and research. More than 99% of the 9.2 million are used for research. We also have small numbers of living specimens as well as rare books and artwork related to natural history.
|Caring for Collections
Who uses the specimens?
Why do we want to make specimens last forever?
Because of their value!
How do we make them last?
First we have to understand what causes specimens to deteriorate.
Preventive conservation at the museum--behind the scenes.
Preventive conservation at your home or work.
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Developed by Paisley Cato, former Curator of Collections, SDNHM