How Museums Care for Masterpieces

people crowding around the mona lisa masterpiece in a museum

Museums around the world have been playing a pivotal role in preserving several masterpieces worth several million dollars. These are portals to showcase the sculptures and paintings have stood out in excellence through time and history. However, we as humans can by accidents cause damages to these masterpieces leading to their complete loss or damages that cost millions to restore. Most paintings are displayed in large halls exposed to sunlight which can easily fade the paints. Framed paintings and masterpieces are exposed to scratches by constant moving. Sometimes the paintings are exposed to food and drink spills from the moving crowd, and so the museums have to take several measures to ensure protection to these historical masterpieces.


Museums ensure the walls of their building are fireproofed with travertine crushed stone and surrounding the building with trees and plants that are fire-resisting and can hold water. The building us fireproofed with several gallons of the sprinkler system to make sure the water can put off fire as soon as possible. These sprinklers are equipped to be chosen only at times when the fire extinguishers fail to serve the purpose. Ornamented airtight cabinets are chosen specifically to save pieces in case of fires.


The masterpieces in museums are also protected from water and flooding disasters by automatic moving walls, and these strong walls can withstand the impacts of several pounds, waterproofing the museums from water damages.

Glass protection:

Art pieces are hugely protected with strong glass museum display cases, and these glass cases protect smudges from curious art lovers and prevent damages from UV radiation. UV exposure usually causes fading of colours from paintings. So, most of the windows in the UV protected coatings which act as a defence against colour fading. Most of the UV lights from standard incandescent lighting can also be eliminated using this UV filters.

Vibration and Motion Sensors:

Sensors to detect vibrations and slightest pressures are mapped in the museums to alert security guards, to sense and detect damages that are about to take place. These sensors are usually installed in and around the art piece, to trigger an alarm that is produced from multiple touches or vibrations. Motion sensors are used to prevent burglary in museums after the closing. Although vibration sensors can be turned off easily, motion sensors can easily detect motions in the halls and painting areas after closing hours.


The LED lighting is usually used in a museum nowadays as they are comparatively better from harming the painting from lighting exposure. Any lighting exposure over a period can cause harmful effects on the painting, so most museums are have made their lighting darker.

Numbering the painting:

Museums are now following number system to log their painting and art pieces. These numbering systems help the officials keep track of the paintings and help to track the history, location which plays a major role in tracking stolen masterpieces.

Restoration costs:

old gallery art needing a touch up

Restoring artworks have always been costly and displaying this damaged artwork for rising funds are only ways to manage the restoring costs. A thank you note is usually placed next to the restored pieces from mention the generous art lovers. As the restoring process takes a lot of time and patience, these fundraisers play a vital role in enabling these public works.

Age Restrictions:

As artworks and displays are for art lovers, it is important we protect them from children who cause a nuisance in the museums. While you’d expect parents to follow common courtesy and find a nanny to watch over their kids either at home or to come with and supervise; there have been several reported accidents and incidents involving children climbing statues, breaking and scratches painting and tearing a hole in art pieces. As not many parents are concerned about the value of the picture and the artifacts, they allow their children to roam around, touch, break these values pieces and insensitive to the worth claimed by the officials.