Being prepared for an emergency requires forethought, communication, and resources. The Denver Art Museum and other institutions that serve as caretakers for collections have a responsibility to develop an emergency response plan. Here are some of the steps that we have taken with our Emergency Response Plan and how you can take similar precautions with your collection at home—be it art, letters, photographs, or other items you care about. More
Did you know that about 90 percent of the Denver Art Museum’s collection is not on display at any given time? With all the exhibitions and gallery rotations, those works all get their chance to spend time in the public eye, but many of them are sensitive to light and must have lots of time to rest. The exhibitions and collections services staff spend their days making sure that those collections in storage are cared for and stored in ideal conditions. More
There are some pretty great and little known jobs preformed behind the scenes at the Denver Art Museum. Among them is the role of caring for and protecting the artwork by keeping it clean while it is on display. The Denver Art Museum is closed to the public every Monday, and our collection management staff takes advantage of that quiet time to mount an attack on two of the biggest threats to artwork in the museum – dust and insects.
So why are dust and insects so harmful?