Regenstein Pacific Laboratory


On August 31, 2002, the Regenstein Pacific Conservation Laboratory, a 1,600 square-foot conservation and collections management facility, opened in the Museum’s Traveling the Pacific exhibition.


Located on the Museum's Upper floor, the Regenstein Laboratory conserves objects from our Pacific collections, as well as others from elsewhere in the world that are also in need of conservation work. 


With more than 1.5 million objects in the Museum’s anthropology collections, this laboratory showcases the our commitment to protect all our collections for future generations.


Next time you are visiting the Museum, be sure to take a peek at what's happening in this laboratory.  Just look for the big clear-glass wall at the back of the exhibit gallery.


Or as someone at the Museum is sure to tell you:  Start at the palm tree, go past the volcano, cross the coral atoll, sneak along one side of the genuine Micronesian canoe, and there you are.


Inside this special climate-controlled facility, conservators and collections managers work diligently and with great care to improve the health and well-being of countless objects from our anthropology collections that are in need of such fine and tender loving attention.





A view inside the Regenstein Lab

Visitors to the Museum can see whats happening  inside the laboratory (© 2008, Dale F. Simpson Jr.)