Through ongoing research, we will continually advance and document the way exhibits are conserved and restored. Elements from our growing collection are incorporated into our research. Deaccessioned specimens and exhibit materials are recycled for use in testing and as teaching aids. We will work with leading conservators to explore new materials and techniques for specifically restoring and conserving aging exhibits.
Help Us Build Our Collection
It is often artifacts such as taxidermy forms, molds, specialized tools, expedition and collecting equipment that become de-prioritized or discarded. As a by-product of the collection building process, these pieces have become the missing links between the process and the finished piece. Through the creation of a collection of artifacts, the development of research, and the formation of educational programs, the Institute aims to fulfill its mission.
These materials are already difficult to find and are being lost at an increasingly rapid rate. For this reason, we are seeking assistance in acquiring these items. The list linked below outlines some of the more common items we are in search of. Acquisitions are not limited to these items and if you have something you feel may fit our mission and be an important part of our collection, please let us know.
The Institute for Natural History Arts is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are 100% tax deductible as allowed by the law.