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Our highly successful open conservation lab (formerly ‘In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies) has been renamed to reflect its new, wider focus. We continue to learn a lot (Number 1 question asked by visitors: “Is it real?”). Even though the objects being treated in the Artifact Lab have all been in our collections for many decades, the potential for new discoveries (or re-discoveries) has been amazing.

As plans for the reinstallation of the Museum’s signature galleries progress, we will be focusing on treatment of those objects and the Artifact Lab will be an ideal space to treat many of the larger pieces. You can read about these projects, as well as other fascinating topics on our blog.

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