A: One of the main missions of any museum is to preserve its collections in perpetuity. There are several ways museums do this. First, it is critical to maintain constant temperature and humidity levels in the galleries and in storage. At The Cummer, we keep our spaces at 70 degrees and 50% humidity. These are standard levels set forth by experts in conservation and preservation, and help to mitigate deterioration, mold growth, pests, and other destructive conditions. Second, only experienced art handlers are permitted to move the art, and we only move art when it is truly necessary. We wear gloves so the oils and dirt from our skin do not damage the art. This is why guests aren’t allowed to touch! And finally, bright lights and UV rays are among some of the most destructive elements, so museums keep their lights at low levels to prevent further damage.
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