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Fact Sheet

Care of Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumber Throws
Guidelines for Caring for Objects
How do I store antique textiles at home?

Online Exhibition

Lunder Conservation Center Lunder Conservation Center

The Lunder Conservation Center provides a unique opportunity to view conservators at work.

Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan

See 8 examples of ancient plaster statues dating from 6500-7000 B.C., excavated in Ain Ghazal, Jordan, in 1985.

Online Feature

A Closer Look at Conservation A Closer Look at Conservation

Step behind the closed doors of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research to see how several portraits in the Sackler Gallery's exhibition Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits were restored.

Collections Seach Center: Video Recordings Collections Seach Center: Video Recordings

Video recordings in the Collections Search Center.

Research Resource

African Art Museum Research Library

Resources include the Warren M. Robbins Library, the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, the Conservation Department, and the collections.

Collections Search Center Collections Search Center

Search millions of records, with images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

Researches the conservation and analysis of museum collection items.

Save Outdoor Sculpture!

Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) is a program committed to the preservation and celebration of America's outdoor sculptures.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Smithsonian Institution Libraries

The Smithsonian's 22 branch libraries contain more than 1.8 million volumes, including 40,000 rare books.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Online database of Library, Archives, and Research Catalogs

Smithsonian Research Online

Smithsonian Research Online is a set of services to the research community both within and outside the Smithsonian Institution. Managed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the program assists in capturing the research output of Smithsonian scholars and making it available to Institutional management as well as scientists and historians world-wide.

Teacher Resource

Smithsonian Education: Lesson Plans, Resources, Standards of Learning

The gateway to Smithsonian educational resources for educators, families, and students.