Smithsonian scientists show museums and galleries spending too much on climate control

By Michael Kernan
Smithsonian magazine, March 1996
Taken from: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/atm-199603.html

 Around the Mall & Beyond

Protecting museum treasures - paintings by the masters, antique furniture, the delicate wings of a tropical beetle - requires the strictest climate control, right? Maybe not, say these scientists

 

"We could save up to $400,000 on the electric bill for this building alone. Every year." That's what the man said.

I better get this right up top: I'm writing about some Smithsonian scientists who have shown that museums and galleries are spending far too much money on climate control. Photographs, old planes, bones, rare bugs and what have you are much tougher than we thought.

That's the short version. It was not easy to come by. I had no trouble finding the Conservation Analytical Laboratory Research Group at the Smithsonian's sprawling Museum Support Center at Suitland, Maryland, but the scientists themselves were another story. They spoke a language of numbers, acronyms, graphs and formulas that made me yearn for the simplicity of E=mc2. Slowly I began to make out what they were telling me.

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