Saving Our Stuff

    Learn how the State Historical Museum of Iowa preserves its collection and get tips on how you can save your own treasures in the Saving Our Stuff exhibition. The museum and its conservators care for and preserve artifacts by applying scientific methods to stabilize and sometimes restore items in the collection. Observe the efforts and techniques used to save treasured cultural artifacts such as the stunning large-scale painting Dream of Arcadia (1857). Come discover how the museum is caring for and preserving artifacts for future generations.


    • View the beautifully restored painting, Dream of Arcadia (1857), by Gerhard H. Nollen
    • Watch videos showing the work of conservators at the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago History Museum
    • Gain helpful tips on how to save your treasures at home