The Collections Team on the Road to Reopening


May 15, 2020
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During the time HMNS has been closed, constant attention is given to ensure that collections and buildings are safe and secure and that all systems are functioning as they should. Assigned staff has been making routine checks, paying close attention to collections in special storage.

While another portion of the staff has been working throughout the museum to provide necessary signage and protection for staff and visitors, the Collections team has been working hard to prepare the museum to welcome visitors in the galleries when we reopened today.

We have taken this time as an opportunity to make some needed repairs, to clean walls and large display cases from top to bottom as part of the maintenance needed in all the galleries in our museum.

Some displays require a very delicate touch with soft tools and brushes to clean around artifacts and specimens ultra carefully. It has also been a good opportunity for cross-training, with several members of the staff helping across duties, and across departments.

You might be wondering what it takes to dust giant dinosaurs. Well, you have to begin with a very LOOOOOONG extension cord and a heavy duty source of power to handle all the equipment. Our Curator of Paleontology, David Temple, works from the top of the scissor lift with several pieces of equipment and tools to remove the dust from the dinosaurs: working with an air compressor he uses wands to gently blow air; he also uses a special vacuum cleaner with a long hose and several types of brushes to dust the more fragile and intricate bones.

View more behind-the-scenes pictures of our Collections staff below:

Authored By Gabriela Truly

Gabby Truly, Director of Collections. I joined the HMNS family in September 2019 after spending 35 years in art museums across Texas. The move to a Natural Science museum means I now not only work with an incredible group of colleagues, but also get to work with an amazing array of specimens and artifacts from all over the world. I have always been fascinated by the stars and the ocean, I love butterflies, and who can resist the magic of dinosaurs! From space to the shells on the sand, HMNS has it all!



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