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Conservation Assistance Day at the Museum

The Conservation Branch of the North Carolina Museum of History is offering a new resource for the public: Conservation Assistance Day. Patrons are invited to bring up to three objects to the museum for assessment and advice on care. Appointments are required.

To make an appointment, call John Campbell at 919-814-6978. He will ask for your name, address, and phone number and for some information about the object(s) you would like to discuss with the conservator. Please let him know if you also wish to speak with a curator during your appointment. Appointments will last about 30 minutes. Please note that the museum cannot assist patrons in transporting objects.

The next Conservation Assistance Days are:

  • February 19, 2021 – at the NC Museum of History, Raleigh
  • April 24, 2021 –  at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort
  • July 23, 2021 –  at the NC Museum of History, Raleigh
  • October 22, 2021 –  at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City

The Museum of History strives to provide a secure environment for its collection. The following items are not allowed in the museum because of the dangers they pose:

  • Objects with live ammunition or unexploded ordnance
  • Textile or wood objects that are infested with mold or pests
  • Hazardous chemicals such as acetone, barium, strychnine, or ether
  • Objects that have been exposed to biological agents, such as cholera or typhoid fever (Some viruses can live on surfaces for long periods.)

Our conservators look forward to offering you their expertise in preserving your heirlooms.