May 22, 2018

Resources for designing green exhibitions and storage

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The GreenExhibits website (see: http://www.greenexhibits.org/begin/) summarizes the knowledge that the Madison Children's Museum has been able to gather since 2005 on the quality of materials, the durability of products and their wholesomeness for children. The content of the site is constantly updated, based on testimonials and contributions from other museums.

This approach responds to the need to evaluate the impact of museum materials on the environment and its users. The materials proposed there are however not evaluated on the basis of their qualities in terms of conservation of works of art. What do you think about this resource? Do you know other resources that discuss alternative conservation and exhibition materials?

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