For today’s #BehindTheScenes look, we wanted to share 3 facts we bet you didn’t know about our annual deep cleaning!
1) All of our taxidermy specimens get freshened up with a light vacuuming with controlled suction and a dusting treatment to remove dust, cobwebs, or other small debris that have built up over time. Since many soaps and cleaners would damage these specimens, they can’t hop in the bath like the rest of us 🛁
2) Instead of using a cleaner and a rag like at home, our collections team uses tools like small paint brushes, cotton q-tips, and acid-free tissue to clear the dust off of our collection objects and more delicate displays. Imagine dusting your shelves with a paint brush… 😱
3) While there are many steps in the process of removing/installing the large panes of glass that protect our exhibits, we actually use really powerful suction cups to lift and move the glass while we clean 😂 (and yes, this IS a normal method of glass removal in museums!)
📸 by Noah Winslow