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Every artifact
has a story to tell

Museum conservators
are listening

Paintings yellowed by time, elegant woodwork hidden by repairs, and long-silent instruments find new life in the hands of expert curators and conservators. With a surgeon's care and a detective's eye, they restore the physical evidence of the past.

See how what was once dull is made bright again, and how silent objects can illuminate the lives of centuries past.

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Square Piano. John Huber, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ca. 1800
Mahogany, ivory, ebony, softwoods, iron, copper alloy, glass, paper
Overall: 331 7/8” x 655 ½” x 232 5/16”

Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund