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Caring for Collections

We have 8 million+ preserved specimens that are used for exhibits, teaching, and research. More than 99% of them are used for research. A lot of work goes into keeping our collections in good shape.  

Who uses the specimens?

Why do we want to make specimens last forever?

How do we make them last?

What damages collections?

Preventive conservation at The Nat

Preventive conservation at your home or work