Metals

This is the page where you can find introductory information about how to care for the metals in your museum collection.

Best Practices

The Benson Ford Research Center provides a fact sheet on The Care and Preservation of Historical Iron.

The National Park Service provides a “Conserve O Gram” on “Caring for Silver and Copper Alloy Objects.”

Silver Cleaning and Care, a resource from the Hammond-Harwood House and City of Bowie Museums Collector’s Corner Workshop Series, provides tips on preventing and removing tarnish and proper storage.

This video will show you how to clean silver in your collection:

This video will show you how to clean copper in your collection:

This video will demonstrate best practices for storing your jewelry: