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July 23, 2010

When Insects Invade! Museum Professionals Discuss Unwanted Pests

Insects, humidity and light are among the problems that cause constant worry for museum professionals and can present problems to conservators. Two new programs offered at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg –When Insects Invade: The Unwanted Museum Visitor and The Material World – allow young guests to see the collections through the eyes of a museum conservator.

During the guided tour, When Insects Invade: The Unwanted Museum Visitor, young guests learn more about the one aspect of a museum conservator’s job by learning what types of insects museums worry about, what kind of damage they can do and how conservators deal with insects once they get inside the museum. The program is held at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 19, 26 and Sept. 2 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The Material World introduces children to art conservation. Program themes, each focusing on a different aspect of art and science, rotate. Just like a museum conservator, children investigate the characteristics of different materials, understand how light affects the way we see art, learn how relative humidity damages objects and understand the role X-rays play in teaching us about art.

The Material World uncovers the relationship between science and art at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The program is offered on Wednesdays, July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25 and Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for approximately one hour.

Admission for both programs is included in all Historic Area or museum admission passes.

When Insects Invade and The Material World are offered in conjunction with Colonial Williamsburg’s newest exhibition, Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet, which explores object conservation and reveals the relationship between history, art and science. The exhibition opened June 26.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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