Conservation and Preparation

In this blog post, learn about how a painted mantelpiece was prepared before it went on display in our exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago, from cleaning and repair … Learn More

Bundled Up for Freezer Storage

As part of Monday Night Nitrates, our weekly photograph series, the Chicago History Museum collections staff is blogging about the process of digitizing approximately 35,000 nitrate negatives, a project funded … Learn More

Underneath It All

In fashion exhibitions, many things vie for attention. The focus, of course, is on the garments with their rich fabrics, vibrant colors, and sparkly embellishments. But, how do these pieces … Learn More

CHM’s Bug Buster

Just as it’s impossible to keep insects out of our homes, it’s impossible to keep them from entering museums as well. While insects in general are not harmful to humans, … Learn More

All About the Details

As a preview to the opening of Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier (October 22, 2016–August 20, 2017), volunteer Kristin Bernstein explains the process behind building props and determining accessories … Learn More

Managing Collections Storage

Senior collection manager Britta Keller Arendt explains how the collections staff keeps track of our artifacts. One question that Museum staff are frequently asked is “How many artifacts do you … Learn More

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